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Hundreds Celebrate City’s Low Crime Rate at National Night Out

Hundreds of residents gathered at Eucalyptus Park in Anaheim Hills Tuesday evening to celebrate the city’s low crime rate and see exhibitions from the police and fire departments.

Anaheim's police dogs welcome the community

The centerpiece of the annual National Night Out event: demonstrations from Anaheim PD’s award-winning K9 unit and SWAT team.

“We continue to work together with the community to send the message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized to fight crime,” Police Chief John Welter said.

Each year, the department also honors crime prevention partnerships. On Tuesday, Welter acknowledged “Every 15 Minutes,” a two-day program that illustrates in grim detail what can happen when teens drink and drive.

Chief Welter congratulates the Every 15 Minutes program leaders.

“We’ve had some serious accidents on this side of town due to drinking and driving,” Welter said. “This program challenges teenagers to think about the choices they make.”

Honored were Jerry Ballesteros and the staff at Hilgenfeld Mortuary; Western Medical Center; C.A.R.E. Ambulance, Sgt. Mike Foster, Officer Steve Anderson and Officer Allen Eichorn.

“You drink, you drive, you lose,” Eichorn said. “It could be your license. And it could be your life.”

Diamond Giddens, a Crescent Elementary School 5th-grader, visits a CSI display. She says she hopes to be an investigator when she grows up.

Public Information Officer Sgt. Rick Martinez