Santa Monica will celebrate the 29th Annual National Night Out, "America’s Night Out Against Crime," Tuesday with kid-friendly activities and food trucks. The police department's new chief, Jacqueline Seabrooks, will be in attendance, too.
Santa Monica joins more than 15,325 nationwide and Canada in hosting a National Night Out event, designed to generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.
"It strengthens neighborhood and police-community partnerships and sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” the Santa Monica Police Department said in a press release.
Santa Monica's event is 6-8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot. The police department will showcase its equipment alongside a rock climbing wall, carnival games, food trucks, carnival games and a giant inflatable fire engine slide.
Free parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Structure across the street from the Public Safety Building.