San Mateo’s National Night out was a success!

“Come one, come all…” PCRC joins over 400 residents to unite against crime and drugs in North Central San Mateo.

On Tuesday August 7th, there was just enough popcorn, hot dogs, face paint, music and raffle prizes to go around Martin Luther King Center as over 400 youth and adults gathered to “take back” their neighborhood.  Children of all ages welcomed San Mateo Chief Susan Manheimer, City Manager Susan Loftus, and McGruff the Crime Dog as they arrived in a vintage police car.  District Attorney Steve Wagstaff and Council Member Jack Matthews joined in the festivities, recognizing the neighborhood’s enthusiasm and diversity, which make North Central the largest of 53 National Night Out celebrations throughout the City of San Mateo.

As an annual nationwide event, National Night Out intends to raise crime and drug prevention awareness; strengthen neighborhood spirit and unity; and develop partnerships between the City and the community on the “block level.”  PCRC hosted the festivities for a 3rd year with the generous support of Target and our strong community partnerships with San Mateo Police and Fire Departments, San Mateo Police Activities League and San Mateo Park and Recreation.

Communities such as North Central San Mateo have not always been a place where children and families felt safe to walk and celebrate freely.  It is nights like National Night Out, which remind us of why we do what we do.  Why we advocate for authentic communication.  Why we bring diverging perspectives to the table.  And why we invest in the social capital of others.  We hope you join us again next year on the 1st Tuesday in August, from wherever you are, as we come together and unite against crime!

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