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'National Night Out' set in Newhall 5 p.m.

Event aims to raise crime awareness

Posted: August 4, 2008 7:29 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2008 5:01 a.m.

The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station will celebrate the 25th annual "National Night Out Against Crime" at the Newhall Community Center today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This year's event will feature the Sheriff's Station's Search and Rescue Team, firefighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Sheriff's Posse - a mounted unit of trained horse riders - and McGruff the Crime Dog, a cartoon bloodhound created in 1980 by the National Crime Prevention Council to build crime awareness among children.

"National Night Out gives residents an opportunity to come together and make the statement against crime in the city of Santa Clarita," Mayor Bob Kellar said in a statement.

More than 35 million people in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and U.S. military bases worldwide celebrated the Night Out in 2007.

The event is sponsored by National Association of Town Watch and tries to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs and inform criminals that neighborhoods are organized against crime.

The Community Center is located at 22421 Market St. in Newhall, behind the Metrolink station.


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