SALINAS, Calif. - National Night Out began in 1984. Back then just over two million people across 23 states particpated. Fast forward to now, 38 Million neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states.
Chief Adele Frese has been involved in National Night Out since she was a rookie, however this will be her first one as Chief of Police in Salinas. Frese said it's a great way to grow police-community partnerships. The annual night started out as a rally to take back cities from crime decades ago, which is still relevant in Salinas and around the country today.
"I think that it's very special that people recognize how important it is to keep it going and keep the symbolism alive that we're never going to give up hope. Turn on your light, visit with each other and exchange information," said Frese.
In Salinas, police and fire will be gathering at the Salinas Sports Complex from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The entire community is encouraged to come out. There will be music, live entertainment, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks and a resource fair.
Seaside will hold theirs at City Hall from 4-8:00 p.m. Marina's will be at the public safety building parking lot from 5-8:00 p.m. Soledad residents head to the YMCA from 4:30-8:00 p.m, and in King City they will host theirs at the park by City Hall.