Creating a relationship with local law enforcement can bring the community together, bringing a sense of comfort by providing an opportunity to see law enforcement in a different way.
Once a year, law enforcement organizations around the country participate in National Night Out, an event that promotes building a relationship between the community and law enforcement. Participating in the event is the Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office.
“The Bakersfield Police Department has been participating in National Night Out for roughly 30 years,” said Carina Ortiz, community relations supervisor for the BPD. “The very first National Night Out was held in 1984 and this year marks its 35th anniversary. Every year since then, the event has been held in different locations, ranging from the Bakersfield Police Department, Bakersfield College, various city parks, neighborhoods and even business parking lots. We are looking forward to hosting our second indoor National Night Out inside the Rabobank Convention Center.”
BPD will have community partners, exhibits and other first responders in attendance ready to engage with the community at the Rabobank Convention Center Aug. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office will also be participating in the event. This will be their third year back after taking a break for some time.
“We’re inviting the community to come and meet our units,” said Elvie Martinez, crime prevention specialist for KCSO. “Meet all of our specialized units, our deputies and even some of the Kern County resources, such as probation, Department of Human Services.”
Some of the specialized units that will be participating are search and rescue, K-9s, bombs, mounted patrol, crisis negotiation, OHV, SWAT and many more. The free event will also be held Aug. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at KCSO Headquarters, 1350 Norris Road.
The event is kid friendly and most units will have an interactive experience for its attendees.
Kids will be able to pet the horses and get in a SWAT truck. There will also be tours of the air support hangar and transport buses.
Both events bring together the community in hopes to have a better relationship with law enforcement and each other. ￼