Union City residents are once again joining forces and taking a stand against crime.
Next Tuesday, the community and law enforcement will celebrate the 29th annual National Night Out, a citywide event that aims to strengthen communities and help reduce crime.
From 5 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 7, Union City will join more than 15,000 communities across the country in celebration.
According to Officer Ryan Seto of the Union City Police Department, National Night Out helps raise crime and drug prevention awareness, builds support for local crime-stopping efforts, strengthens relationships between residents and local police, and lets criminals know that the community is fighting back.
Like last year, UCPD is sponsoring four “official” National Night Out parties that will feature live music, entertainment, food and demonstrations from public safety agencies, including a SWAT vehicle, a K9 “bite” exercise, Alameda County Fire Department trucks, Paramedics Plus vans and more. Elected officials will also visit each site and New York Life will be hosting child identification packet booths.
The four official locations are:
- (1800 H St.)
- (3438 Andover Dr.)
- (4525 Dyer St.)
- (33104 Navarro Dr.)
The smaller, centralized locations will allow police officers to spend more one-on-one with community members, Seto said.
Other community groups are hosting unofficial National Night Out events as well, including a block party hosted by the Tamarack Knolls Neighborhood Watch group. The event will be held on Basswood Court from 6 to 8 p.m. and will also feature visits from local officials, earthquake safety information, details about the Save Our Hills campaign, hot dogs and more, according to members of the neighborhood watch group.
Smaller parties will also be held in the Town and Country neighborhood at the end of Imperial Place and a party for residents of the Williams Way and Davis Street area.
A party will not be held at the 10th Street Community Center this year, Seto said.
High school volunteers will be needed to set up and clean up at each of the four National Night Out locations, Seto added.
For more information about National Night Out or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Officer Ryan Seto at 510-471-1365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.