News release - 8/1/2013

Published 8/1/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



EVENT: Oxnard Police and Fire Partner with Via Marina Neighborhood Council to host National Night Out
DATE/TIME: August 6, 5:00-8:00 pm
LOCATION: Christa McAuliffe Elementary
3300 W. Via Marina Ave., Oxnard, CA 93035
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager,
(805) 385-7631,
Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager,
(805) 385-7631,


(OXNARD, Calif)– The Oxnard Police and Fire Departments and Via Marina Neighborhood Council are partnering to bring National Night Out (NNO) to Oxnard.
Last year, the event in Oxnard was hosted at Target at The Collection.  “This year, our staff wanted to honor the spirit of this National event and work in partnership with a neighborhood council and see the potential for what a neighborhood could do in organizing this event. We were excited to partner and host National Night Out 2013 along with the Via Marina Neighborhood Council,” said Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams.
National Night Out is designed to: (1) heighten crime prevention awareness, (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and (4) send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized, vigilant, and fighting back.
“The Via Marina Neighborhood Council is proud to join with the Oxnard Police Department in this national effort to bring community participation to public safety in Oxnard.  It furthers our efforts to bring neighbors together to strengthen our partnerships in making our neighborhood a place that we are proud to live in,” said Richard Duarte, Via Marina Neighborhood Council Chairperson.
“We are looking to expand and grow this program and event across the City of Oxnard next year, and moving forward.  A win-win for our Department, our community-based policing strategy, and the neighborhoods and community we serve,” said Chief Williams.
Along with traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals. Visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and youth events.
This event will bring the District Team who patrol and serve the neighborhood, they focus solely on crime, traffic safety, and quality of life issues at the neighborhood level.   Also accompanying the District Team will be units from the Police Department to meet with local residents and provide crime-prevention information—a great opportunity for local residents to meet one another and the officers assigned to the Via Marina Neighborhood.  Confirmed units include, the Bike Unit, K-9, Code Enforcement, SWAT, DRAGG Car, VIPS's, and Police Explorers.  Also participating in the event is the Oxnard Fire Department who will be offering free smoke-detectors to seniors in the community.
"We'd like to thank the Oxnard Police Department, Fire Department, Target, Mc Donald’s, Coffee Bean at Seabridge, City Corps and Neighborhood Services, the City of Oxnard, National Night Out 2013, and the volunteer residents of the Via Marina Neighborhood Council for all of their support in organizing and making this event happen,” said Duarte.
“This is a good night to get to know your neighbors, and help build a stronger and safer community while promoting awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.  It further highlights the importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer Oxnard and community. We hope this year’s event serves as model for what more neighborhoods in our community can organize next year” said Police Chief Williams.  
NNO is a national effort of cities, law enforcement agencies, crime prevention organizations, community groups and neighborhoods.
National corporate sponsors for National Night Out 2013 are Target, Associa, and   Last year, NNO 2012 involved 37.5 million people in over 15,000 communities from all 50 states.
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  August 1, 2013, 11:45 AM

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