Tonight (Tues. Aug.2, 2016) the Monterey Park Police Department is inviting you to their home -- the City Hall - to continue a dialogue that has been going on for several years. The want to meet with you and you should want to meet with them in this informal small-town house warming called the "National Night Out."
Cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley, such as Alhambra, San Gabriel and Rosemead, have planned activities marking the annual event. Yes, there will be police dog demonstrations, information booths, a few speeches and free hot dogs. We encourage you to visit the special events in your city if you do not live or work in Monterey Park.
But more importantly, you will have an opportunity to meet the men and women who make up the police department in your city and protect you and your property. Instead of meeting them only when they stop you for a minor traffic infraction, accident scene or when they respond to a 9-1-1 emergency call, you can meet them in an informal way and not during a tense situation.
There has to be a local dialogue between our police and its citizens to cure some of the problems which have occurred nationwide. These problems cannot be cured in Washington,D.C. The relationship and trust between police and citizens must be established on a local level. The National Night Out programs in local cities is an opportunity to learn about improvements in local policing and express your appreciation to the men and women in uniform.
Earlier this year, there was a local increase in local burglaries in Monterey Park which brought out some citizens and alarmed neighborhood watch groups. They petitioned the city council to add more police officers on the street. The council responded and two new police officers were added.
Tonight's event starts at about 6 p.m. and ends at about 8 p.m. Come on out and meet with the officers and the command staff which makes up the police management team. Bring the children with you so that they can meet the officers and learn to trust and respect them for what they represent: safety and civility.
Monterey Park's event will be held on the City Hall lawn at 320 West Newmark Avenue. Alhambra's gathering will occur police headquarters, 211 So. First Street on. Rosemead will host a gathering in the field area of Rosemead Park, 4343 Encinita Ave.
San Gabriel city events are planned as block parties throughout the city. For more information call the police department at (626) 308-2846.