National Night Out Returns to Santa Monica Tonight

Join the Santa Monica Police Department for a celebration of National Night Out with food, music and community building, from 5:30-8 p.m. at City Hall. Photo: Courtesy.

By Sam Catanzaro

The Santa Monica Police Department is busy every night of the week, especially during the summer. Officers will be especially busy tonight as the Santa Monica Police Department is inviting the community to join them alongside thousands of communities nationwide to celebrate the 35th Annual National Night Out.

Nationwide over 16,000 communities composed of over 38 million residents take part in National Night Out celebrations. The Santa Monica National Night Out will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall and will last until 8 p.m.

The event is intended to build police-community relationships and bolster civic camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live. In past years, the event has attracted more than 1,000 people and tonight looks to be just as popular. There will be reduced-priced food trucks, music, dancing and community art projects to celebrate community diversity.

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