Neighborhoods and police in Pleasanton joined thousands of other communities across the country in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday.
The 35th year in operation, National Night Out aims to strengthen police-community partnerships by having police officers visit with residents at locally hosted barbecues and picnics. The event is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by police departments.
The Pleasanton Police Department started participating in National Night Out 20 years ago with just four neighborhood block parties, and has since grown to over 40 block parties.
This year, officials with the department met up at the Kottinger Gardens housing community for a kick-off dinner before dispersing to various block parties in neighborhoods throughout the city.