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Communities, law enforcement gather for National Night Out


Millions take part nationwide

Community gatherings took place across the Southland this week as residents gathered with police officers, sheriff’s deputies and various other authorities as part of the annual National Night Out crime-prevention event.

The event began nearly four decades ago as a take-back-the-streets campaign led by residents having gatherings in a show of community pride.

Over the years, the event has grown to include block parties, parades, movie screenings and picnics, with millions of people taking part across the country.

During the event, residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their front house lights and join with neighbors, law enforcement and Neighborhood Watch leaders at local neighborhood events. Activities vary by event but generally include food, police and fire department displays, live entertainment and a chance to interact with city officials.

Events are planned throughout areas patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Most Southland police departments also hosted events.

Started in 1984, National Night Out is billed as “America’s night out against crime.” It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by local municipalities and law enforcement agencies nationwide.

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