Temple City’s National Night Out was held on Tuesday, August 5 in Temple City Park in front of the library from 6-9 p.m.
National Night Out is a community-police partnership that has been held the first Tuesday of every August since 1984. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. It aims to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
Children and adults were able to enjoy the free food, including hot dogs and chips, offered and prepared for them by the officers. KIIS FM was also there giving out prizes to participants. Fire engines and police cars were also on display.
Officers on horses, an inflatable bouncy castle, and McGruff the crime dog were only a few of the many attractions and booths there for children and parents alike to enjoy.
National Night Out is an event where parents and their children are able to get together for a night and simply enjoy the events and each other’s company,” said Anna Li, a Miss Temple City Honor Court and a volunteer that night.
All in all, even if Temple City cannot completely put an end to all crime, the community can attend events like the National Night Out to become more aware of how to prevent crime in our city.
This article was written by Angie Yeh. It was published in the Temple City Voice today, August 13, 2008.