Events Planned to Promote Public Safety, Community Cohesion
CORONA (CNS) – Law enforcement personnel in Riverside County will take a break from busting bad guys next week to get to know the people they serve, giving residents a personalized feel for policing, during National Night Out events.
Mixers replete with free food, public safety displays and information about improving neighborhood security are planned in multiple venues Tuesday as part of the annual nationwide “Night Out” campaign.
The Corona Police Department is inviting residents to take part in its annual get-together outside City Hall, 400 S. Vicentia Ave. Events are planned between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and include a K9 team demonstration, kids’ activities, food trucks and raffles. Visitors will also receive information concerning anti-crime resources, organizers said.
In Hemet, police officers will be showcasing their gear and interacting with residents beginning about 6 p.m., near the Amtrak station in the 200 block of North Harvard Street.
“The event will feature demonstrations from the Hemet police and fire departments,” according to an agency statement.
The city of Murrieta has scheduled a big Night Out celebration at Town Square Park, Kalmia Street and Jefferson Avenue, from 5 to 8 p.m. Officials said attendees this year can look forward to a K9 demo, SWAT unit displays, tours of a mobile command post and kids’ fun.
“This family-centered event aims to elevate crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and forge even closer police- community relationships,” according to an agency statement. “National Night Out events take place throughout the country to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring law enforcement and community members together under positive circumstances.”
The city of Riverside and other municipal law enforcement agencies have delayed their nights out to October, seeking cooler weather. There was no word on sheriff’s department plans.
“America’s National Night Out Against Crime” was spearheaded by the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, which organized the first outing in 1984.
Night Out events began with simple gestures, such as residents keeping their porch lights on from dusk to dawn in a demonstration of neighborhood unity and crime-fighting spirit.
Since that time, the National Night Out concept has expanded to include the implementation of voluntary watch programs and face-to-face meetings to improve relations and communication between law enforcement and the community.
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