On Tuesday, August 5th, the San Diego Police Department’s Central Division celebrated National Night Out with a Crime-Free Walk from police headquarters in downtown to Central division’s station in Logan Heights. Public Officials, community leaders, local organizations and churches came together to walk with the police to celebrate community spirit, cooperation and commitment for safer neighborhoods.
The crime-free walk ended in a grand festival on Imperial and 25th, where food, face painting, entertainment and community spirit were exchanged among the local residents and police. Community Relations Officer Gary Gonzalez for the Heights area said, “The event was a total success. It not only brought an opportunity to address crime issues, but it also gave the youth the opportunity to take the pledge to be drug-free. There’s a nexus with drugs on almost every crime we have. If we address the drug issue, crime will slowly decrease. The pledge done by the Drug-Free Marshals program (sponsored by the Church of Scientology) is a perfect example of how community and youth can band together to fight drugs and crime. For next year’s event, we want more neighborhoods to participate in the National Night Out.
Opening the event was C.S. Keyes at police headquarters and Javier “The X-Man” at the main stage. The event also featured live entertainment from local bands State of Mind and Mystique, up and coming singing artist Desiree Grenier, a local break-dancing crew, and local Mexican artists Lencho Guzman, singer and composer from Golden Hills, and Sherman Heights youth, Stephanie and Alex Garcia. The Drug-Free Marshals, kids who have taken the pledge to be drug-free, passed out badges and drug educational booklets on Cocaine, Ecstasy and Marijuana.