LANCASTER – Lancaster joined thousands of cities across the country Tuesday in celebrating the 29th Annual National Night Out, a nationwide campaign that promotes police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.
“The main goal of National Night Out is to get residents across the country to take a collective stand against crime by getting out into their neighborhoods and enjoying where they live,” said Jennifer Prirscaro, Community Service Officer with the City of Lancaster.
“Through the combined effort of our local law enforcement, neighborhood watch groups, and responsible, engaged citizens, we send a clear message to the criminals that they are not welcome here in Lancaster,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris in a press release. “We are a proud city and I encourage all Lancaster residents to leave their porch lights on all evening Tuesday, August 7 to show our solidarity against crime.”
Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, the city hosted a Public Safety Fair and Emergency Expo from 3 to 7 p.m. at Deputy Pierre Bain Park.
The event showcased various public safety and emergency response agencies that operate in the Antelope Valley, including the LA County Sheriff’s Department, LA County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Antelope Valley CERT, and the Department of Children and Family Services.
Disaster supply vendors were also on hand to answer questions and provide information about services available to the public.
Several residents said the expo was very informative.
“I learned about car seats, safety, CPR, and about how you can turn the gas off if it’s leaking,” said Lancaster resident Sharday. “The information was helpful because I found out stuff I didn’t know before.”
Alexis Miller came out solely to sign up for the Sheriff’s Department’s Explorer Program.
“I wanted to do it last year, but I was too young so I came back again today,” Miller said.
“I learned that our firefighters really do a good job, and they use a lot of technology,” she said. “It’s very confusing, but it’s pretty cool.”
Other organizations that participated in the expo included The Department of Animal Care & Control, American Medical Response, American Red Cross, Valley Oasis/SARS, Jacob Hefter Foundation, Antelope Valley Partners for Health, Kids Are 1st, Neighborhood Impact, Weed & Seed Central Lancaster and Paving the Way Foundation.
National Night Out celebrations also took place at Twin Lakes Community Church in Lake Los Angeles and at the Antelope Acres Community Center in Antelope Acres.
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