Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 12:50 PM
The Beverly Hills Police Department will be out in force for National Night Out tonight, with live demonstrations and displays, a free bicycle raffle, kid-friendly activities and a host of fun for the entire family.
National Night Out, which has been held annually since 1984 in the United States and Canada, began as a community-police awareness campaign with neighbors simply turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes.
Since those early days, the event has evolved in some cities to be as simple as backyard barbecues and in others, as complex as full-blown festivals.
In Beverly Hills, National Night Out is a block party, and everyone is invited.
Visitors will be able to meet Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli and Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood and take selfies with the SWAT and K9 officers or check out the Mobile Command Unit.
Come to meet the men and women who protect the City; stay for the fire displays, the “dunk tank,” food trucks, the Quake Cottage, crime prevention information, CPR displays, disaster and health & safety information and much more.
In addition to all the fun and games, the BHPD will also raffle off two free bicycles. Whisper the code word “SAFETY FIRST” to any police personnel you spot to obtain a free raffle ticket (winners must be present at time of the drawing.)
“National Night Out is an opportunity for the community to interact with the department one-on-one,” Spagnoli said. “It is our premier event every year to showcase police and community together.”
National Night Out will be held in the 400-block of North Rexford Drive in front of City Hall from 6 – 9 p.m. Free parking is available at the Rexford and Crescent Parking Structures. For more information, contact email@example.com.