Police, community build ties at Night Out Against Crime

The K-9 presentations included an armed suspect fleeing from a police dog.

The Alhambra community turned out in droves to commemorate “Night Out Against Crime,” an annual celebration promoting police and community partnerships and camaraderie that make neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

A national event, Night Out Against Crime is celebrated throughout the country.

In Alhambra, the “block party” takes place in the front yard of the Alhambra Police Department as the area is transformed into a massive exhibit of police and fire vehicles, police demonstrations and tours, a gathering of City departments, outside agencies and local businesses sharing information of value to residents, an outdoor musical concert, and a summer picnic, complete with hot dogs and all the trimmings. Flags flew at half-staff, and police officer badges were decorated with a black stripe — both in recognition and honor of lives lost in recent attacks upon police officers nationwide.

The longest line of the evening was for a tour of the Alhambra Police Department building — a modern structure complete, among other amenities, with a jail, a firing range, and a modern communications center in which thousands of calls, including 9-1-1 calls, are received and processed throughout the year.

Not part of the tour, but certainly of high interest to many attendees, was the first glimpse of interim Chief of Police Jackie Gomez-Whitely.

“We thank the community for a successful 21st Annual Alhambra Night Out Against Crime,” said Chief Gomez-Whitely. “This year, our event saw a large turnout.  People enjoyed everything from the station tours and the K-9 presentations to the fun interactive events for the kids. We would also like to thank our sponsors at Target, Jacmar, New Century BMW, GEO, the Alhambra Police Officers Association, and the Alhambra Police Foundation. We stand together against the threat of crime in our community.”



Aug 2019


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