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Santa Monica Celebrates National Night Out Tuesday  

By Lookout Staff

August 1, 2011 -- Santa Monica has something to celebrate on National Night Out Tuesday -- crime in the beachside city is down.

The giant block party to celebrate the city's success in keeping the community safe by working together will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the Public Safety Facility at 333 Olympic Drive.

The event also will recognize the importance of emergency preparedness, and the first 500 people to register will receive a free mini flashlight. Local vendors will have merchandise for sale, and many local businesses have donated food, refreshments, and other giveaways..

"National Night Out is an opportunity for the police department to honor the exceptional relationships our officers and community share. This partnership helps Santa Monica be a safe place to live, work, and visit. I look forward to seeing everyone at our annual event," Chief Tim Jackman said.

Jeff Michael, award-winning broadcast journalist, weekend news anchor and weekday reporter for KTTV's top-rated FOX 11 10 O'clock News, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The event will feature carnival games with prizes, music, a performance by the local ballet folklorico dance group, a demonstration of mixed martial arts by the youth from the Police Activities League and free raffle prizes.

Both crimes against persons and property crimes dropped last year.

Crimes against persons were down six percent, with one homicide, twelve rapes, 213 aggravated assaults and 164 robberies. Property crimes dropped 25 per cent, with the biggest drop in the number of thefts.

More than 37 million people from 15,110 communities are expected to participate in the 28th annual National Night Out sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Olympic Drive will be closed to traffic between 4th Street and Main Street for the festivities. Free parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Structure, located directly across from the Public Safety Building. There will also be a free bike valet on Main Street near Olympic Drive.

For additional information visit www.santamonicapd.org, check out the police Department's Facebook page at facebook.com/santamonicapd or call the SMPD Community Relations Unit at 310-458-8474.

"National Night Out is an opportunity for the police department to honor the exceptional relationships our officers and community share. This partnership helps Santa Monica be a safe place to live, work, and visit."
   
Chief Tim Jackman


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