Law enforcement and first responders work hard to keep their communities safe. They took the time to share their career experiences with area families, Tuesday.
The event was designed to teach residents how to prevent crime and to build a trust between children and those who keep them safe.
"They have the opportunity in a non-emergency situation and see some of the equipment that we use on a day to day basis," said Sgt. Chris Edmonson, Panama City Police Department. "It also allows us the opportunity to share some very valuable information with the public to increase their personal safety."
The National Night Out event has taken place in communities throughout all 50 states, for the past 30 years.
"It gives the younger generation the opportunity to come out here and see us in a different light..to see that we are normal people to see beneath the badge or the fire suit or the paramedic uniform," said Edmonson.
There were live demonstrations for kids and their parents... including a car rollover simulator which got everyone's attention.
"I'm gonna buckle up from now on," said 11-year-old, Makayla Hayes.
The Panama City Mall parking lot had everything from bounce houses, to a helicopter, to search and rescue dogs.
"We are truly here to help the public that we want to serve," said Edmonson.
About 3,000 people took part in the informational event.