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Hundreds Fill Stoddard Park For ‘Night Out’ Crime and Drug Prevention Event

More than 500 Anaheim residents joined police officers and other city officials Tuesday night at Stoddard Park for the 26th annual “National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

Several children posed next to a toy APD cruiser

Several children posed next to a toy APD cruiser

“We want to work with you to continue to make Anaheim a safe place to live and to work,” Deputy Police Chief Craig Hunter told participants.

The evening featured safety tips, tours of police equipment – including the “Anaheim Angel” police helicopter – and a demonstration by Cisko, one of the department’s six German Shepherds.

After the demonstration, officer R.J. Young fielded questions from children curious about the department’s canine program.

Among the questions:

How long does it take to train a police dog? Five to seven weeks.

Do officers get to play with the dogs after work? Yes, police dogs live with their partners and their partners’ families.

Does every police officer get a dog? No, only six lucky officers are partnered with police dogs.

Department officials also awarded plaques to community members who have demonstrated leadership in crime prevention.

Cisko awaits the command to apprehend a suspect

Cisko awaits the command to apprehend a suspect

Electrician Gerald Ball and his wife, Tammi, were among the honorees. About 10 years ago, when they moved into the Friendly Village neighborhood in East Anaheim, they started a Neighborhood Watch program to address drug and crime issues.

Today, crime is down significantly in Friendly Village.  Crime prevention specialist Arleen Harris credited the Balls for working with police to solve the problems.

“We were meeting all the time, now it’s just once a month,” said Ball of his neighbors. “The police department has been a great partner.”


Cops for Kids ‘Jail and Bail’ Nets More than $10,000

Police officers and community members combined to raise more than $10,000 for the Cops for Kids program at this week’s “Jail and Bail” fund-raiser, officials announced today.

Held at Ember Cafe and Restaurant on Anaheim Boulevard, the event featured a fund-raising contest where officers asked donors to help them “post bail.”

Who posted top bail?

Det. Laura Lomeli

Det. Laura Lomeli

Family crimes Det. Laura Lomeli, who raised $1,400. Community donor Pat Pina, President of Anaheim Beautiful, raised $1,000.

Cops for Kids aims to create positive relationships between children, police and the community. It accomplishes the goal through a variety of cultural, educational and recreational activities, such as a recent program introducing kids to the horses that comprise APD’s Mounted Unit.

Want to get involved?

Cops for Kids operates on a small budget of community and corporate donations. To give, email gmeza@anaheim.net or call (714) 533-8255.