POLICE, RESIDENTS PARTNER IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.Byline: Josh JOSH Joshua
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VAN NUYS - Ben Stern used to avoid Neighborhood Watch events.
But on Tuesday, Stern, now a block captain in the Neighborhood Watch program and volunteer at the Van Nuys Community Police Station, gathered with other block captains from 16 neighborhood watch groups in Van Nuys - all under Senior Lead Officer Darrell Davis' jurisdiction - for National Night Out, an annual, national event.
Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out focuses on the partnership between police and community members to fight crime. Across the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
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``My senior lead officer, he insisted I show up every once in a while,'' said Stern, 77. ``I thought (National Night Out) would be a regular thing, 50 seats and policemen making speeches. This is great. It's a different feeling entirely.''
While many of those Valley events were small and intimate affairs, like the gathering on Katherine Avenue in front a neighbor's house, some attracted huge crowds. In Reseda, hundreds of people came to West Valley Park, where police officers and Boy Scouts Boy Scouts, organization of boys 11 to 17 years old, founded (1907) in Great Britain by Sir Robert (later Lord) Baden-Powell. It was incorporated in 1910 in the United States, where its appearance was connected with earlier organizations—the Sons of Daniel cooked hamburgers while members of community organizations manned tables to give out information.
There, community members could learn about identity theft, the Neighborhood Watch program and their local neighborhood council.
``The National Night Out is designed to bring community and police closer together,'' West Valley Capt. John Sherman John Sherman can refer to:
1. A grill, pit, or outdoor fireplace for roasting meat.
a. A whole animal carcass or section thereof roasted or broiled over an open fire or on a spit.
b. hamburgers and hot dogs. It helps officers relate to the community.''
For some parents, that's an important lesson.
``It's a chance to meet your neighbors and see the good guys,'' said Russel Jackson, who brought his two sons to the National Night Out event at West Valley Park. ``It shows the children that you can trust the police. This should happen more often.''
On Katherine Avenue, Penny Meyer, who hosted the event in front of her house, manned the grill, making hot dogs for everyone. Kim Smith Kim Smith may be:
``I can't work this area by myself,'' Davis said. ``I have to get their information, their input, to let me know what's going on Verb 1. know what's going on - be well-informed
be on the ball, be with it, know the score, know what's what
know - know how to do or perform something; "She knows how to knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?" .''
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(color) Darrell Davis, a Los Angeles Police Department senior lead officer, gets a hug from Therese Roybal-Berkuf during the National Night Out gathering Tuesday in Van Nuys.
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