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Law enforcement to join community for a ‘night out’

National event promotes crime prevention
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Law enforcement and the community will be encouraged to spend the night together Tuesday. The Target store in Auburn will host its first National Night Out event from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 in its parking lot located off Bell Road and Highway 49. “It’s to build a partnership between law enforcement and the community,” said Ed Cudmore, Target executive team leader. “Local retailers are trying to help sponsor and support that partnership.” Another goal of National Night Out is to heighten crime-prevention awareness and build participation in local anti-crime programs, according to National Night Out officials. The event will include a child safety seat checkpoint headed up by the California Highway Patrol. Auburn Police Department officers will bring their mobile command center for residents to tour. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies will also attend the event. Also, Placer deputies will take to the streets Monday and Tuesday in their 26th year of celebrating National Night Out. Monday, deputies will hold a special night out event in the Thermalands. On Tuesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., a convoy of emergency vehicles including patrol cars, Humvees, California Highway Patrol cruisers, American Medical Response ambuluances, fire engines and K-9 teams, will visit various neighborhoods throughout the county from West Roseville to Auburn. The Tuesday night event at Target will feature free food, music and giveaways provided by sponsors including Target, Jamba Juice and Starbucks. Target officials will also present a $1,000 grant to both the Placer County Sheriff’s Office and the Auburn Police Department. The grant money will be used to help both agencies with community relations. For more information, visit nationalnightout.org. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment.