A block party featuring 1950s stylings has been planned by the Santa Monica Police Department and Chief Timothy Jackman for Tuesday, August 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in front of the Public Safety Facility (aka Police and Fire Headquarters) at 333 Olympic Drive, behind City Hall.
The SMPD press release promoting the event says, “Celebrating the lowest crime rate since 1956, the National Night Out Block Party will include entertainment by The Wonderelles, an all female group, who will perform a 50s revue.” (Of course, in the 1950s that would have been “all girl group,” unless it was Sgt. Joe Friday speaking.) Contests and games for the kids are promised, and lots of free food will be on hand from Trader Joe’s, Frito Lay, Ocean Park Pizza and the 7-Eleven at Wilshire Boulevard and 7th Street.
McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand, as will the SMPD Special Entry Team (SWAT) and K-9 and Mounted Units. And the Santa Monica Fire Department will turn out to meet the community and celebrate the partnerships which make our city safe. The first 500 persons to register at the event will receive free buttons, balloons and flashlights.
National Night Out is a nationwide event, sponsored for the past 24 years by the National Association of Town Watch, in which over 11,000 communities participate to promote community and police partnerships and crime prevention.