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National Night Out celebrated Saturday in the SCV

Posted: August 2, 2012 8:00 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2012 8:00 p.m.


Hoping to “send a message to the bad guys,” Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are joining other first-responders, city officials and others Saturday for the Santa Clarita Valley’s observance of the 29th annual National Night Out.

“We’re providing general safety information, and then we’re going to be there for their questions,” said sheriff’s Deputy Joe Trejo, “and for people to have a good time and to show solidarity within the city, and with other cities who are celebrating this nationally.”

The event’s a great way to show community support, which is important in fighting crime, Trejo said.

National Night Out — “America’s Night Out Against Crime” — was introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch in a bid to get more people involved in Crime Watch-type organizations.

The event, which is culminates nationally on Tuesday night, has become a national celebration of citizen involvement in crime prevention. Those who can’t join in the activities are invited to turn on their porch lights in support.

“Crime is not a spectator sport,” Trejo said, noting the effectiveness of light in deterring crime.

Some 37 million people in 15,110 communities participated in National Night Out last year.

The event Saturday at Central Park will offer a question-and-answer session with law enforcement. Members will be on hand from the mounted posse, the local search and rescue team, the California Highway Patrol, the Fire Department and American Medical Response ambulance service.

“Come on out and have a good time,” Trejo said. “And get to know your first-responders.”

The event begins 6 p.m. at Central Park in conjunction with the city’s Concerts in the Park series. The Walking Phoenixes, a Johnny Cash tribute band, will be the featured artists.




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