Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies swarmed Memorial Park on Tuesday night, but they weren't there to give out tickets or make arrests. Instead, they joined foothill residents in presenting a united front against crime as part of the 27th annual National Night Out.
The event, which was replicated in parks and neighborhoods throughout the country, is used by law enforcement to engage local residents and educate them about the role they can play in creating safe environments.
"We have our own detectives and our own police who are out there working proactively, but it always helps when you get the help from the community," Sheriff's Deputy Eric Matejka said. "And they can help themselves by starting neighborhood watch groups and getting to know their neighbors. That way they see who belongs and who doesn't, and if there is a problem they can give us a call."