Hundreds join Anaheim Police at National Night Out

image003Anaheim police officers and hundreds of residents gathered at Eucalyptus Park on Tuesday night for an event to celebrate the community’s partnership with police to keep Anaheim safe.

“The National Night Out event provides the community with an opportunity to experience the crime prevention services we offer, as well as a chance interact with our officers on a more personal level,” said Sgt. Bob Dunn.

First held Aug. 7, 1984, the event has grown from 2.5 million people in 23 states to 37 million people from all 50 states.  Canadian cities have gotten involved as well.

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The night consisted of a SWAT demonstration, a K-9 Unit demonstration, a helicopter display featuring Angel, one of the Department’s two helicopters, an awards presentation to community members who exemplify a commitment to community and crime prevention and booths from all areas of the Department as well as partners such as Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

In a lighter moment, motor Instructor Shane Spielman passed out “Traffic Officer” pins to a group of girls as a reward for correctly responding to pertinent yet playful questions.

“It’s important for children to view uniformed police officers as somebody they can trust and turn to for help,” said Dunn.

image001“My kids always see police officers in uniforms, so this event is a nice way for them to develop open relationships with the officers,” said Margaret Lloyd, an Anaheim resident and mother of two. “They love the equipment, and I think it’s good for them to learn how to be safe around it.”

Interim Police Chief Raul Quezada said: “We have made it a priority to maintain a positive, transparent, and dependable image in our city. It’s gratifying to see such a large turnout and so much support for the fine work the men and women of this department do every day.”

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