By SHEL SEGAL
The city of Rosemead was one of several San Gabriel Valley cities hosting “National Night Out” on Tuesday night with a party at Zapopan Park.
Many city residents came out to pick up information from several community groups, hear live music and get a free bite to eat.
Pasadena was another city joining in the fun as its police department threw a city-wide “National Night Out” block party on Tuesday night and invited the community to participate and show its support of crime and drug prevention by organizing a simple neighborhood front yard party, potluck, or informal Neighborhood Watch Meeting on National Night Out.
The police department is collaborated with Kings Villages to host the main kick-off event on Hammond Street, between Fair Oaks Avenue and Morton Avenue. There were booths, vendors, activities, and food with everything starting at 6 p.m.
The city of San Gabriel commemorated the evening with several block parties, as did the city of Duarte.
And the city of Monterey Park hosted a small festival at Monterey Park City Hall with free food and entertainment.
In addition, the cities of Temple City and El Monte were expected to hold their events on Wednesday night. Temple City’s was to be at Temple City Park and El Monte’s was to be at Arceo Park with free flashlights being given out to the first 1,000 people.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The event is usually every year on the first Tuesday of August.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helped neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 30th Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, involved more than 9,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.
In all, an estimated 33 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
(Shel Segal can be reached at email@example.com).