On Tuesday night, about 200 people gathered behind the Inglewood Police Station, on Grevillea, between Queen and Regent streets, for National Night Out. The annual community-building campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
National Night Out brings together civilians and law enforcement under positive circumstances. “It helps people put a name to a face so the community can know the officers better,” said Inglewood Police Sergeant Juan Ferreira.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
The Inglewood event featured appearances by Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and council members, and Police Chief Mark Fronterotta. There were plenty of fun activities which allowed for positive police-civilian interaction, including police special weapons and canine displays. Kids enjoyed face painting, computer games, popcorn and glow sticks.
“It was a great opportunity for the community and police to come together and make our streets safer, because we’re all in this together,” Ferreira said.
National Night Out sponsors included: Target, Kinecta, Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce, Power 106 FM, Los Angeles Chargers, Inglewood Rotary Club, Inglewood Today, Starbucks, and GNC.