There were booths galore, but more importantly lots of local LAPD officers, the men in blue keeping our streets safe on hand to meet neighbors face to face in a calm, festive atomospher at Warner Center. The four-hour event was part of the National Night out.
There was plenty of barbeques, information booths on law enforcement services, BlockWatch Newsletters and a chance to meet LAPD Senior Lead officers in person. LA Council Dennis Zine, who is a former LAPD Sergeant and officer for more than two decades was no where to be found, but he had nice booth of sponsorship. His staff said, "he is expected at any time."
National Night Out in LA
Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California will hold National Night Out events this afternoon and tonight to promote neighborhood-based crime prevention programs.
In L.A. County, the Sheriff's Department is planning to hold more than 30 events from Altadena to South El Monte. In Hawaiian Gardens, which has been hard hit by gang violence, residents, police and city leaders will participate a Community Peace Walk and barbecue. And in Long Beach, potlucks, celebrations and children's games are on tap.
Robin Greely & Karen Avance Volunteer Horse Patrols
Check the websites of your local police departments for more information on how you can get involved in community police work and BlockWatch volunteer service.
TheNational Night Out campaignis sponsored by the National Assn. of Town Watch, a nonprofit that helps develop and promote law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs. This will be the 26th annual National Night Out.