Many Pleasanton neighborhoods will throw block parties, barbecues and other festivities across town tonight in celebration of National Night Out, a countrywide event aimed at crime prevention.
Members of the Pleasanton City Council, city staff and police officers will visit some parties upon request so residents can get to better know police and city leaders.
The annual event was started years ago to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention, generate support for local crime prevention programs and to strengthen neighborhood spirit.
"Neighborhood watch is an important element in crime prevention. They are the eyes and ears of the city," said Police Officer Archie Chu.
City leaders get a chance to get to know residents one-on-one and to talk with kids in a relaxed environment. It helps residents "get to know officers as people, not just uniforms," Chu said.