ST. LOUIS – St. Louis city leaders and locals are coming together Tuesday night for block parties in an effort to fight crime.

It’s all part of the National Night Out in the city of St. Louis, as activities are happening all across the city Tuesday evening. In fact, Mayor Tishaura Jones will be among those attending a block party Tuesday night.

City leaders shared that National Night Out is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.

National Night Out has taken place for years. While most cities across the country hold their National Night Out festivities in August, areas including the city of St. Louis hold the event in October.

The city Board of Aldermen passed a bill moving the date to October for reasons including avoiding the summer heat and the fact that city elections conflicted with the August date. That change took effect back in 2018.

City officials said more than 100 block parties are planned around the city Tuesday night. The events run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We’re told Mayor Jones will attend a block party in north city at Hebert and North Grand in the 3rd Ward. Other communities in the St. Louis area also marking National Night Out tonight include Florissant, Maplewood, and Valley Park.