More than 37 million people in more than 15,000 communities including Pleasanton joined forces last night to celebrate the 31st annual "National Night Out."
Shannon Revel-Whitaker, community services officer at the Pleasanton Police Department, which is sponsored the local event, said the program is designed to heighten crime and drug awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The Pleasanton Police Department started participating in National Night Out 12 years ago with four neighborhood block parties. Since then, the event has progressively grown to almost 40 block parties with most coming from the department's organized Neighborhood Watch groups.
Last night, street parties varied from potlucks and barbecues to ice cream socials, with some neighborhoods also sponsoring bands, bounce houses and kids activities.
Parties registered with the police were visited by the Pleasanton police, firefighters, civic and city leaders and Pleasanton Weekly reporters and photographers.
For more information contact Officer Shannon Revel-Whitaker at (925) 931-5240 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org/
The deadline for applications is Friday, Aug. 1.