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SCV Sheriff's Station brings national event to town

Posted: August 2, 2014 9:58 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2014 9:58 p.m.

Dan Watson/The Signal Deputy Explorers Lauren Lockart, center, and Ally Heredia, right, hand out safety materials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station booth at National Night Out held at Central Park in Saugus on Saturday.

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In crime-beleaguered communities, National Night Out is a time when residents band together to take back their streets from gangs and thugs.


But in Santa Clarita the event is more of an outreach effort, Deputy Joe Trejo said Saturday at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s version of National Night Out, held in conjunction with the city’s Concerts in the Park at Central Park.


“We’re very blessed here in the Santa Clarita Valley in the sense that we have a very safe community,” said Trejo. “We don’t really have a need to go out and take back our own streets.”


Instead, deputies and the station’s volunteers set up a display booth at Central Park, where they handed out anti-crime and anti-drug brochures and sought to recruit more volunteers.


On hand were members of different volunteer groups that work closely with the local deputies, including the sheriff’s Search and Rescue team, the Reserve Program, Explorers and the Community Emergency Response Team, also known as CERT.


“We’re hoping that, before the music starts, people will come over and chat with us, and hopefully will want to join,” he said.


While National Night Out officially is on Tuesday, local deputies usually conduct their outreach program on the Saturday before or after, Trejo said, because most residents are too busy with work and families during the week.


“It’s difficult because people have to work, and we understand,” Trejo said. “We reach more people this way.”


A hallmark of National Night Out is the “lights on” event in which residents turn on their porch lights as a symbolic sign of solidarity with law-enforcement.


“We still ask people to turn on their lights,” Trejo said, “but we understand that not only is there a water crisis, there’s an energy crisis.


“If you really want to show some support for your community, get involved.”

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