Susanville Police Officer Terra Avilla gave rides to several children who attended the event. Here, Terra gives a ride to her daughter, Anna Avilla. Photos by Ashley Arey

Law enforcement hosts National Night Out

Locals were not deterred by the hot weather while attending the National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The event was hosted by local law enforcement agencies: The Susanville Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Lassen County Sheriff ’s Department.

Victoria Estrada, media relations for Susanville Police Department, poses with Mini Miss Spirit Queen Baylee Jean after equipping her with a pink and purple superhero cape.

“The whole goal of National Night Out is to bring awareness of the importance of a neighborhood watch with local law enforcement,” said Victoria Estrada, media relations for Susanville Police Department.

There were several booths where concerned citizens could learn about forming a neighborhood watch or if a neighborhood watch had already been formed in their area.

Estrada said she would estimate around 200 people attended the event and that several signed up or took a packet about the watch. Estrada said those who signed up would be contacted in about a week’s time for more information about the watch.

“We have had people already calling us,” said Estrada, “that want to know how to get started.”

During the event, attendees were serenaded by the band Forgery and could enjoy barbecue cooked up by the CHP.

Several children attended the event with parents and the law enforcement officials made sure to include them.

Children who attended got popsicles, lollipops, stickers and superhero capes.

The sheriff ’s department also helped families to create child ID kits.

Attendees were surprised when a flash mob broke out the event. Estrada said she as well as members from the sheriff’s department and CHP danced with dancers and children.

The House of Dance Hip Hop dancers also performed at the event.

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, local law enforcement agencies hosted National Night Out at Memorial Park. The event is to help people learn about forming neighborhood watches and featured a variety of fun activities for children and. Here, Lassen County Princess Madee Cluck, California Highway Patrol Officer Kristen Wilburn and Miss California Princess Preteen Maddi Johnson tend the CHP booth.