Posted 8/10/14 – Sierra Madre Police Department participated again Tuesday night in the annual National Night Out community outreach program, now in its 31st year, including the last several here in town. Memorial Park was filled with booths with educational literature and volunteers to answer questions about many community, police, fire and safety programs. The world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team was on hand, as were SMPD volunteers, SMPD staff, SMFD volunteers and staff, members of CERT, and the HAM Radio communications team that assists in local events and during emergencies. There were games and face-painting for the kids, local non-profits such as Rotary, and a booth from the Public Works Dept., where residents had a chance to learn about some of the Water Dept. equipment, including the City’s water valve exerciser, a huge vacuum used to suck water and debris from under ground and around water meters, and a hydrant flusher. There were also handouts about the City’s new water ordinanc, which severely restricts residents ability to use water during the current drought and dry-well conditions. You can read about that ordinance here.
There were also demonstrations put on by the SMFD and the SMPD, with the Fire Department offering kids a chance to “put out a fire” with a fire extinguisher, and the SMPD demonstrating their technique for getting a perp out of a car when arresting someone after pulling them over. You can see those demonstrations in videos, located below the photo gallery.