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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

Join APD in Celebrating Public Safety Partnerships Tuesday at National Night Out

The public is invited to join the police department Tuesday to celebrate Anaheim’s community partnerships and outstanding safety record during a National Night Out event at Eucalyptus Park.

The event runs from 5-8 p.m. at 100 N. Quintana Drive. It will feature dozens of public safety exhibitions, including a presentation by APD’s award winning canine unit and SWAT team. 

“This is one of our favorite community events of the year,” said Sgt. Rick Martinez. “The community plays such a key role in our safety record, and National Night Out provides an outstanding opportunity to share what we do with the public – and to thank them for their support and assistance.”

For more information call Karen Eckes at (714)765-3869.

To view coverage of last year’s event, click here.

Cost is free.

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.”


Join the Anaheim Police Department Tuesday at Stoddard Park for a ‘Night Out’

Interested in learning more about how to prevent crime?

Officer Rick Boyer at last year's event

Officer Rick Boyer at last year's event

The public is invited to join Anaheim police, fire and other city officials Tuesday night at Stoddard Park for the annual “National Night Out” crime and drug prevention event.

The family-focused event also includes demonstrations from the Anaheim Police Department’s canine, helicopter and SWAT teams.

The free event runs from 5 p.m. -8 p.m. at the park, located at Ninth Street and Katella Avenue. For more information, please call (714) 765-7962.