More than 500 residents participated in the Newton Police Division’s National Night Out, which included full barbecues, a low-rider car show, and Lucha Libre wrestling on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Main Street.

For more than 15 years, the Newton police division has participated in this countrywide effort to generate support for anti-crime programs and enhance the alliance between residents and police, said LAPD Capt. Jorge Rodriguez.

Last year, with combined residents, police departments and private businesses, nearly 37 million people participated in the event across the country.

National Night Out was created in 1984 by National Association of Town Watch in an effort to encourage participation in anticrime efforts on a national level by raising awareness and giving the communities the opportunity to come out and feel safe in their own neighborhoods.