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National Night Out in Pleasanton

PPD officials disperse to block parties throughout city, 20th year participating

From left: Rabbi Raleigh Resnick, his 16-month-old son Rachmiel, Pleasanton police Sgt. Jim Boland, Animal Services Officer Frankie Blavet and Fr. Ron Culmer at a National Night Out block party co-hosted by Chabad of the Tri-Valley and St. Clare's Episcopal Church. (Photo by Erika Alvero)

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.

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