National Night Out

Event Designed to Increase Awareness of Police Programs

National Night Out, a community-police awareness-raising event, was celebrated Tuesday night at Orange Grove Park. Featuring games, food, music, inflatables and more, the event was designed to strengthen relationships between the community, the police and fire department and other components of the city. The popular event, now in its third year in South Pasadena, was launched nationally 1984. Organizers say the first National Night Out involved 2.5 million residents across 400 communities in 23 states. Today, the event has grown to include more than 38 million people in 20,000 communities across the United States. Along with recreational, educational and family activities for kids, the event focuses on community programs, including drug prevention, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts. Photos by Bill Glazier