Hundreds of residents crowded First Street Tuesday for Alhambra Police Department's National Night Out, a community outreach event featuring police demonstrations, informational booths, fundraisers, and free food. See photos from the event below!
The annual event is a showcase of the resources the department utilizes. National Night Out is an opportunity for the officers and residents to meet each other in an educational and casual setting, according to Sgt. Brandon Black. "A lot of thought and effort went into planning this. It's an opportunity for the community to get to know us and vice-versa. Hopefully this will reduce anxiety about contacting the police," Black said.
Many officers from various sections of the department stood at various booths and held demonstrations to inform residents about the roles they take in the community. Officers showed the difference between real guns and airsoft guns, talked about the dangers they face in the field, and showed off the K-9 canines. Tours of the police station gave residents a behind-the-scenes look into the police force in Alhambra.
Resident Manual Garcia said he came to the event to learn more about the police department. "One of my girls wants to be a cop," Garcia said.
Vanessa Hightower, an Alhambra resident for 30 years, said the sense of community is what brought her out. "I've been an Alhambra resident since I was a child and it's good to see my kids out there," she said, pointing to her children in the crowd of hundreds of people.
Hilda Anaya also enjoyed the community atmosphere. "It gives us an opportunity to come out and meet our neighbors and actually learn about resources out here," Anaya said, adding that it was her first time at National Night Out. "I love it. Very calm and beautiful."
National Night Out is an annual event that takes place across America to show that communities are organized against crime, according to National Night Out's website. Check out photos from Tuesday's event below! If you have any you would like to share, email them to [email protected]!