- Business Advocacy
Once a year, the Alhambra Police Department hosts a block party, and the whole city is invited. This year the event was held on the evening of Aug. 6. Half of First Street was blocked off as the hundreds of people who turned up spilled out into the street.
The idea of Night Out is to build rapport and a sense of partnership, understanding, and trust between the city’s residents and their all-important first responders. The annual community get-together is a part of the nationwide Night Out Against Crime. Similar events were held all over the country.
This year there was more to see and do than ever before. There can’t be a party without food, and it was plentiful. Besides the hot dogs and chips and cold bottles of water, there were ice pops available to keep everyone cool in the heat of late afternoon. For the first time, the popular Baja Cali restaurant set up a booth to sell their fish tacos and other favorites, expanding the food choices.
There were information booths from various city and private agencies. It was an opportunity for people to find out more about what services were available to them. Meanwhile, the Parks and Recreation Department set up games for the children that proved very popular.
Police Chief Timothy Vu and his officers were on hand to greet the crowd and show off their crime fighting and community safety equipment. Tours of the police department building were well attended and educational. Participants viewed the jail cells, shooting range, 911 dispatch room, and more. Chief Vu expressed his thanks to everyone who turned out and was pleased by the number of people who showed up.