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By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – Each year, law enforcement agencies around the nation celebrate National Night Out events to help build community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Locally, some agencies are hosting their own free family-friendly eventswith giveaways and everything from K9 police dog demonstrations to DJs and face painting. Others, such as La Mesa Police, invite residents to host their own neighborhood events such as block parties or barbecues which police or city representatives will visit to share information on things like crime prevention, as well as field questions and hear concerns.


Here's a rundown on some local events:

El Cajon Police at Parkway Plaza:  El Cajon Police will be at Parkway Plaza regional shopping mark from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot near Wells Fargo.  The department will be giving away hundreds of goodies and discount codes from local businesses including JCPennys, Dicks Sporting Goods, freee movie tickets from Regal Cinemas, snacks and more from Texas Roadhouse and several other surprises. They'll have two K9 demonstrations, SWAT Officers, a DJ, Face painting, balloon artists and the Kona Ice truck.


La Mesa Police Department has asked Neighborhood Watch groups to organize fun and informative community events with neighbors to promote crime prevention and strengthen community partnerships. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, residents in La Mesa are encouraged to spend the evening outside with their neighbors and police at events such as block parties, pot lucks and cookouts. “Members of the La Mesa Police Department and city officials will meet with these groups to share information and field questions about neighborhood and city concerns. The La Mesa Police Department wll visit all community events that are registered with our department,” the LMPD Facebook page states.  To register, email with your name, the address of your gathering, type of gathering, and the number of adults and children expected to attend.


San Diego Sheriff Department is hosting eight events around the county at stations and substations, where crime prevention specialists will share tips on how to keep families safe. You can meet representatives from the Sheriff's search and rescue team, SWAT team, and K-9 handlers. events Some will feature giveaways and more. The locations are:


Alpine Station

Alpine Women's Club

2156 Alpine Boulevard

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Fallbrook Substation

Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce

111 S. Main Street (Parking Lot)

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Imperial Beach Substation

Veterans Park

1075 8th Street

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Lemon Grove Substation

Treganza Park

3200 Main Street

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


North Coastal Station

Encinitas Community Park

425 Santa Fe Drive

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Poway Station

13100 Bowron Road

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Ramona Substation

Ramona Library

1275 Main Street

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Rancho San Diego Station

Hillsdale Middle School

1301 E. Brabham Street (Field)

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


San Marcos Station

182 Santar Place

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Santee Station and Lakeside Substation

Santee Trolley Square

9888 Mission Gorge Road

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Valley Center Substation

Valley Center Library

29200 Cole Grade Road

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Vista Station

Vista Civic Center

200 Civic Center Drive

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


To download an event flyer, click here.

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Nothing east of Alpine. It's like 1/2 the county doesn't exist.