Cops, community come together to fight crime on National Night Out – California News

Police officers don’t fight crime alone; they need help from their communities.

That’s partly why National Night Out is such a big deal to police agencies. The annual event is billed as an opportunity for officers and residents to build better relationships and bolster crime and drug prevention programs — together.

Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County will be celebrating the event with a variety of activities including car shows, food trucks, dance parties, demonstrations from police canine units, meet-and-greets with SWAT officers and activities for children.

Neighborhood Watch programs, school groups, disaster preparation teams and a variety of businesses and service clubs also will be in attendance.

The San Diego Police Department, which will be hosting nine events across the city, also partnered with the Padres to hook-up residents who attend a gathering with discounted tickets.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting about a dozen events across the county. Details about each gathering have been posted to the department’s website at

National City, Chula Vista, Oceanside and Escondido also planned get-togethers. La Mesa, Carlsbad and El Cajon police officials said they plan to send officers to a variety of events hosted by neighborhood groups.

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