August 04, 2016 

City News Service 

Dozens of block parties were held across the Southland Wednesday night as hundreds of residents gathered with police officers, sheriff’s deputies and elected officials as part of the annual National Night Out crime-prevention event.


As many as 38 million people across the country took part in National Night Out activities. The event initially began more than 30 years ago with a call for people to hold small public gatherings in a take-back- the-streets show of community pride.


Over the years, the event has grown to include block parties, parades, movie screenings and picnics.


During the event, residents were 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 varied by event but generally included free food, police and fire displays, live entertainment and a chance to interact with city officials.


Events were planned throughout the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department areas. Police departments — including in Culver City, Long Beach, Monterey Park, San Fernando and Gardena — sponsored separate 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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