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Residents Participate in National Night Out

Aug 09, 2015 09:14AM ● By DigMB Staff

Left to right: MBPD Officer Kelly Benjamin (in back with camera), Victim Assistance Team Volunteer Jeannette Wright, Chief of Police Eve R. Irvine Officer Stephanie Martin, Police Support Volunteer Steve Yi, and MBPD Captain Tim Hageman at one of the National Night Out block gatherings.

Some 15 Neighborhood Watch blocks participated in the 32nd Annual National Night Out last Tuesday that included an event at the newly opened Manhattan Beach Public Library. The library hosted an info booth and prize wheel in partnership with Target Store, according to Stephanie Martin of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Ice cream socials, pizza parties, barbecues, potlucks, wine tastings, dessert, and coffee were abundant as groups of neighbors took to the streets to enjoy each other as well as a visit from Manhattan Beach Police Department officials. MBPD oversees the city's Neighborhood Watch program.

Residents at the senior villas in the city tested their flashlights ot make sure they were in working order, and lots of kids played and had fun at the evening's other events.

"MBPD and Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Watch have been participating in National Night Out for many, many years," said Officer Martin. "We are so grateful to live, play, and work in a community where we are all supportive of one another and share the common goal of keeping our beautiful beach community safe and healthy. Our residents are amazing and we had a great time visiting and enjoying snacks at every stop!"

National Night Out was initiated to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, such as Neighborhood Watch; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The 32nd Annual National Night Out brought out neighbors in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.


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