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San Mateo County Readies for National Night Out

Annual event promotes awareness of the role of law enforcement agencies as an integral part of communities throughout the nation.

San Mateo County Readies for National Night Out

Pacifica Police Chief Jim Tasa and other high-ranking law enforcement officials will traverse the city's streets Tuesday night, meeting and greeting local residents participating a national event promoting public safety awareness.

Barbecues and ice cream socials will be held throughout the city in honor of "."

Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. to honor the event.

National Night Out promotes an engaged citizenry, with neighbors encouraged to interact with each other and get to know law enforcement officials in their community.

San Mateo County and 10 cities throughout the county — Belmont, Burlingame, Colma, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Mateo, and South San Francisco — are among those expected to participate.

Tasa encourages community-minded residents to join or form Neighborhood Watch groups actively promoting public safety.

National Night Out has been held annually on the first Tuesday in August since 1984.

No road closures are expected.

"We are really excited to be bringing National Night Out to the block level," Tasa said in a statement last month.

" This is a great opportunity for neighbors and business communities to get to know each other and if they aren’t already part of Neighborhood Watch, this will be a perfect time to get it started!"

In some cities like Burlingame, police plan on rotating around the parties and spending time patrolling Burlingame Avenue and Broadway to encourage crime prevention education.

In neighborhing Belmont, eight neighborhoods from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. are participating in the National Night Out event.

During Belmont's National Night Out, participants will learn more about:

  • Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
  • Neighborhood Watch 
  • Child Identification Fingerprint Kits 
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Traffic Safety

that when residents on a block know each other, the neighborhood and the community is safer and stronger.

There aren’t any of these type of community driven events registered this year in Half Moon Bay, according to Half Moon Bay City officials. However, future events are definitely possible and encouraged as neighborhood groups and neighborhood watch programs may want to organize block parties, BBQs and other activities.

Addtional reporting by Christa Bigue, Joan Dentler and Miriam Finder.

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