Perris officials are encouraging residents to attend the annual “National Night Out” this Saturday to meet and greet their public-safety representatives and learn how they can reduce their chances of becoming victims of crime.
National Night Out 2014 will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wheatfield Park, 30627 Menifee Road in Menifee. The City of Menifee is partnering with Perris on this year’s crime-awareness and prevention effort.
“This is a great opportunity to get to know your police and fire departments,” said Perris Mayor Daryl Busch. “The City of Perris has supported this worthwhile program for a long time. It’s great for the public and it’s great for our public-safety professionals.”
This year’s event will feature free food and other giveaways, law enforcement and firefighting demonstrations and some of the latest equipment used to protect the public. Events like National Night Out also feature canine demonstrations and cut-and-rescue operations put on by firefighters.
Perris City Councilman Mark Yarbrough said residents can learn more about programs like the Citizen’s Patrol and Neighborhood Watch by attending Saturday’s event. Those initiatives allow residents to serve as “additional eyes and ears” for law enforcement and can lead to safer streets and neighborhoods, Yarbrough said.
He said National Night Out puts Perris residents and public-safety professionals in touch with each other and that contact can make the City a safer place to live and work. “It’s one of the best ways to get involved,” he said.
“It provides the tools for residents to keep their neighborhoods and businesses safe. People need to take an active role in their communities. Events like National Night Out let them know that what residents do to keep their neighborhoods safe is important.”