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National Night Out events planned in Southland

August 4, 2009 |  2:15 pm

Law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California will hold National Night Out events this afternoon and tonight to promote neighborhood-based crime prevention programs.

In L.A. County, the Sheriff's Department is planning to hold more than 30 events from Altadena to South El Monte. In Hawaiian Gardens, which has been hard hit by gang violence, residents, police and city leaders will participate a Community Peace Walk and barbecue. And in Long Beach, potlucks, celebrations and children's games are on tap.

Check the websites of your local police departments for more information.

The National Night Out campaign is sponsored by the National Assn. of Town Watch, a nonprofit that helps develop and promote law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs. This will be the 26th annual National Night Out.

-- Ruben Vives