Photos Courtesy of Jessie Avila

Police estimated that about 500 San Fernando residents joined their neighbors, the San Fernando Police Department and elected officials for National Night Out. 

The outdoor crime prevention event held next to the Police Station included free food, a jumper for kids, booths distributing safety information and photos with “McGruff the Crime Dog.” 

“It was a really nice event,” said Vice Mayor Sylvia Ballin.  “What I really appreciated seeing was all the volunteers that came out.  We just had our local Relay for Life that was supported with a large group of  volunteers and at this event there was a different group of volunteers who are involved with our local police department.”

San Fernando Police Chief Anthony Vairo said that the city works closely with local residents.

As many as 38 million people across the country are expected to take part in National Night Out activities. The event initially began with a call for people to turn out their porch lights and hold small public gatherings in a take-back-the-streets show of community pride.

National Night Out shares safety information, builds relationships between the community and police agencies, and provides support for residents involved in local “Neighborhood Watch.”

“Nowhere is it more evident than in San Fernando that a partnership between the community and police is the key to success in deterring and reducing crime and assuring safe streets and safe neighborhoods,” said Vairo.