Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release
  Date Friday, July 13, 2007
  Contact Steven Frasher, Press Information Officer
  Phone (951) 826-5147

“Neighborhood Leaders to National Heroes”
Mark your calendars for Riverside’s unique celebration, Saturday, August 4

Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department is taking National Night Out – an observance of Neighborhood Watch organizations – and expanding the idea to an unprecedented community recognition of those who look out for our well-being.

“Neighborhood Leaders to National Heroes” is celebration of all those whose vigilance helps protect our safety – from the neighborhood watch volunteers close to home to the police officers, sheriff’s deputies, state patrol and federal agents working where we live, and to the military services who serve to protect us around the world,” said RPD Community Services Group Lieutenant Tim Bacon.

This colorful public celebration will be held at the Riverside Municipal Airport, 6951 Flight Road, off Arlington Avenue, on Saturday, August 4, 2007, from 9 am to 5 pm. Featured guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Col. Danny McKnight, whose exploits were the basis for the book and movie, “Black Hawk Down”).

Riverside’s celebration will be the “kickoff“ to several days of neighborhood-based events held in conjunction with or in support of the National Association of Town Watch’s National Night Out Against Crime – a nationwide public awareness and neighborhood organizing event, held this year on Tuesday, August 7, 2007.

“Neighborhood Leaders to National Heroes” features all of Riverside’s 26 distinct and vibrant neighborhoods. Learn about Neighborhood Watch and similar grassroots public safety programs, and enjoy exciting displays from the many participating protective and military services. Participants include Riverside Police Department, Riverside Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force Reserve and U.S. Coast Guard, American Medical Response ambulance and Ralphs Grocery Co.