The Torrance Police Department, along with Neighborhood Watch groups participated in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ last night. There were six National Night Out parties last night in Torrance, one in each City Council District. These special events have proven to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
As I was walked to the party I was attending, I could see clusters of people gathering and I could smell the meats being cooked and prepared for tacos. I passed by a few Torrance Police Department motorcycles that lined the street, as well as the Torrance Fire Department Hook and Ladder Truck. As I approached the large gathering, I was welcomed by host Marianne Hamada.
The police and fire personnel that were present mingled about the crowd and responded to a variety of questions, neighbors ensured everyone was comfortable by pointing out where food and drink was, and kids played a variety of games that were on hand.
I had the opportunity to briefly say hello to Police Chief Jeremiah Hart, former City Council member Kurt Weideman, former Mayor Pat Furey, City Council member Sharon Kalani, City Council member Asam Sheikh, City Clerk Rebecca Poirier, and several members of the Torrance Police Department. I also had the opportunity to meet many people who live in my neighborhood that I did not know.
This two-hour casual event went by so quickly. If the overall intent of ‘National Night’s Out’ parties is to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, I can honestly say, mission accomplished. A wonderful time was shared by all.