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Burbank National Night Out Becomes Citywide Block Party

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Burbank Police Department hosted this year’s National Night Out Block Party on the Chandler Bike Path, Tuesday evening, August 7. Hundreds of community members visited booths and met local police officers and firefighters.

McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog was on hand to greet kids and adults. Burbank’s SWAT Team was on hand with the Bearcat Armored Vehicle.

The John Burroughs High School Jazz Band entertained people. Additional attractions included a bounce house and bicycle safety course.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Members from the Burbank Police Department’s Mental Health Evaluation Team were on hand to answer questions as were dispatchers from the Police Department and Verdugo Fire Dispatch.

Throughout Burbank, approximately 20 neighborhood block parties were held, some serving potluck dinners, while others had food trucks, ice cream vendors, face painters, a chili cook off and a pie-tasting contest.

Here is a gallery from this year’s National Night Out shot by photographer Ross A Benson:

Burbank Police Prepare For National Night Out Events

Burbank Police officers Angela Burrows and her partner, Karl Castro, of the Community Outreach Department have been planning and preparing for National Night Out that takes place next Tuesday evening.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

National night out is a community-police-awareness raising event that is held the first Tuesday of August every year.

Here in Burbank National Night Out have been held for many years and in the past, the Burbank police held events at Police Headquarters, along with teaming up with several community members to promote and encourage neighbors to get out of your homes and get to know your neighbors and have block parties.

This year the Burbank Police Department will host a National Night Out huge block party on Chandler Blvd. from Keystone Street to Lincoln Street, Tuesday, August 1st from  5:30 pm to 8 pm.

Members of the Burbank Fire Department will be on hand and also be stopping by several of the neighborhood parties.

Officer Burrows, along with Castro, met with several members of the community this past week and gave them materials and suggestions on hosting their own block parties. A couple of neighborhood are planning big events. In one neighborhood, they are going to have a couple of jump houses for the kids, another is planning to have a Master BBQ company firing up the BBQ.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Back on Chandler, the Burbank Police Department will have several displays, which include K-9, SWAT, the Departments Bearcat Rescue Vehicle will be on display, members of the Traffic Department will answer enforcement questions. There will be plenty of handouts on Crime Prevention, and photo opportunities’. 

There will be food vendors, face painting, bike safety lessons and the complete Burbank Police Command Staff will be there answering questions and meeting members of the public.

If you have questions or request more information you can call the Burbank Police Department’s Community Outreach Officers at (818) 238-3235

National Night Out Celebrated in Burbank

Once again the City’s police and fire departments sponsored a National Night Out on the Burbank Bike Path at Keystone and Chandler. Many block captains also took the time out to put together events in their own neighborhoods.  myBurbank’s Ross A. Benson was out and around to get the atmosphere…and the tastes!

National Night Out 2016

National Night Out 2016

 

Burbank Neighborhoods Celebrate National Night Out

Burbank neighborhoods joined more than 16,000 communities around the country to promote police-community partnerships, and a chance to get to know their neighbors through block parties and an event held in the parking lot behind the Police and Fire Departments.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

“The National Night Out is a great opportunity for the police to meet, bond, and communicate with those who live and work in the city” said Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse.  Chief LaChasse and Deputy Chiefs joined Burbank fire fighters in visiting a large number of block parties throughout the city, meeting citizens, eating great pot luck dinners, and socializing.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

At one block party on the 800 block of Verdugo, firefighters from Station 11 took advantage of BBQ, cupcakes, cookies, and soft drinks while meeting neighborhood residents.  Judy Andrews, local coordinator of the neighborhood National Association of Town Watch volunteers, noted their “night out” partnership with the Burbank Police is in its 12th year.

“This gives the neighborhood a chance to get out and know each other better, as well as providing an opportunity for us to voice some of our issues directly to the police” continued Andrews.

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

At a different party on the 1000 block of W. Orange Grove, neighborhood children had fun playing in a bounce house, adults spent the evening catching up on gossip, as well as discussing issues important to the neighborhood.  “With our neighborhood watch we all take care of each other” noted one partygoer.  “We’ll take care of each other’s homes when traveling or on vacation, take in mail, take care of lawns, and keep our eyes open on the house.”

 (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Other concerns voiced to Burbank Police visitors included the recent increase in speeders on their street, transients hanging in the area, and an apparent increase in crime.  However Rachel, a 14 year resident of the block, emphasized the community is very close, “and we still know each other’s names.”

Another block party at the 1st Christian Church at 6th and Angeleno brought church members and local residents together for a great BBQ and fun, while Pete Grant made short work of a hamburger in West Burbank.

(Photo Courtesy Ashley Erikson)

(Photo Courtesy Ashley Erikson)

According to the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), “NATW is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network, NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign.”

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson

Back at the police and fire department headquarters, Burbankers were greeted by a number of Burbank city agencies, including Burbank Water and Power, The Burbank Animal Shelter, Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter,  the Burbank Fire Corps, police officers and fire fighters, and of course, a wide variety of food.  Nothing brings a community together quite like good food on a warm summer evening.

The Burbank Police Department not only took the opportunity with their Fire Department counterparts to visit a number of National Night Out block parties, but also showcased some of their technologies and equipment used to respond to events or incidents that may impact the safety of city residents and visitors.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Of particular pride to Chief LaChasse was the unveiling of Burbank’s new mobile command center.  The mobile command center is a state of the art communications facility, with a command staff board room which can move to any location needed to support police activities.

According to the Burbank Police, the city’s Neighborhood Watch program started in 1972 in an effort to encourage citizen partnerships with police to reduce crime in their neighborhoods.

If you would like to start, or join a neighborhood watch program, you can contact Burbank Police Officer Kendrick (jkendrick@burbankca.gov), or Officer Guillen (cguillen@burbankca.gov) for more information.

 

National Night Out Brings the Community Together with Police & Fire Departments

The Burbank Police and Fire Departments participated in “National Night Out” again this year, with events being held at Burbank Police & Fire Headquarters along with 18 different neighborhoods across town.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

National Night Out was started back in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch and held yearly on the first Tuesday of August. Burbank Police and several other city departments used to formally hold a gathering on Chandler Blvd. near Keystone.

This year the Police Department moved the operation to BPD headquarters where several hundred citizens came out to meet members of the Burbank Police Departments’ swat team, K9 officers, traffic officers, cadets, animal control and other city departments.

The Bike Angels had an obstacle course set up for young kids to ride and learn safety. The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In addition to the gathering at Police headquarters, several citizens held block parties across town and handed out material that was provided by the Burbank Police Department’s Community Outreach and Personnel Services Bureau (COPS). A couple of the block parties served food, drinks and shared stories and had live music playing. One group even met at Bob’s Big Boy on Riverside Drive.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Here in Burbank, the Burbank Fire Department got involved and sent a fire company to each of the neighborhood events, making them the hit of the event with their big shiney engines and trucks.

Burbank Police command staff along with members of the Burbank Police commissioners attended most of the neighborhood events stopping by briefly to answer residents’ questions and thanking the hosts for being involved and having a block party.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

 

 

Burbank Celebrates National Night Out 2013

The City of Burbank observed “National Night Out” Tuesday evening, as it has for the past several years.  The event is a one-night rally where citizens and law enforcement come together to strengthen neighborhood spirit and the police-community partnership.

Burbank's New City Manager Mark Scott gets to meet citizens during this years National Night out as he was introduced by Chief Scott LaChasse.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s New City Manager Mark Scott gets to meet citizens during this years National Night out as he was introduced by Chief Scott LaChasse.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A total of 15 National Night Out events were held throughout the city in addition to the large event held adjacent to the Chandler Bikeway  on Chandler Blvd. between Keystone St. and Lincoln St. next to Edison Elementary School.   Attendance figures were not immediately available, but the crowd this year seemed smaller than in previous years.  Last year 1,100 people attended the City sponsored event.

Co-sponsored by the Burbank Police Department and the City’s Park, Recreation, and Community Services Department, the big event  featured a number of booths.  There were free snow cones for the kids, as well as games and activities.  The Burbank Library, Animal Shelter,  and Burbank Water and Power were there, as well as Friends of the Chandler Bikeway.   A booth by Cal-Trans was dispensing information on changes coming in the next few years to the Golden State Freeway access around the Empire Center.

Burbank Police Officer John Embleton and partner Steevo. (Photo by Ross A.Benson)

Burbank Police Officer John Embleton and partner Steevo. (Photo by Ross A.Benson)

The police Department had their armored vehicle on display.  Unlike last year, when the public was allowed to climb inside, the vehicle was not open.  Police dog Steevo was there, much to the delight of the kids.  Some were disappointed that police horse “Texas” was not in attendance.  Because of the motorcade taking the President from Bob Hope Airport to make an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, there was not time to get the horse ready and transported to the site.   The motorcade was headed back to the airport just minutes before National Night Out was set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The police department exhibits seemed much less than what was presented last year.  Perhaps it was because of the demands placed on the police department by the Presidential visit.  The Burbank Fire Department had several of their personnel on hand, and a booth where kids  could get a free backpack, but there wasn’t a fire engine there this year.  Last year it was a big hit with the kids.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

At least the Burbank Police Commission was in attendance, with a goal of going to all of the other 15 events in town.  Several City Council members were there, as was the new City Manager.

New Yor Life Insurance offered free identification cards for kids.  In just minutes, they printed out a card with the child photo and finger prints, as well as physical description.  As they have been in the past, Target was there with their prizes.  Everyone lined up at 7 p.m. as the ticket numbers were called.

Perhaps it is a sign of how bad the economy really is, but the “free” hot dogs from previous years were now $1 each, as were a bag of chips, or a drink.  However there were plenty of free items being given away, from police badge replica fans, mounted unit coloring books to a “make your own” police car that punched out of paper.   And to carry all the goodies home, Burbank Water and Power was giving away reusable bags.

On the bright side, it was a beautiful evening weather-wise.  The cooler than normal temperature made for a most pleasant experience.  As always, it is was a fun and educational event for all who attended.  The Burbank Police Department did a great job again, despite the demands put on it by the Presidential visit.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

New City Manager Mark Scott with Chief Scott LaChasse and Police Commissioners Cohen and Rosenfield.. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

New City Manager Mark Scott with Chief Scott LaChasse and Police Commissioners Cohen and Rosenfield.. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sgt. Adam Cornils enjoys the look on this young Burbank youth as he get interviewed by KFI's Steve Gregory. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sgt. Adam Cornils enjoys the look on this young Burbank youth as he get interviewed by KFI’s Steve Gregory. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sgt. John Pfrommer gives a group of kids a full tour of his office, or police cruiser at one of the block parties during National Night Out.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sgt. John Pfrommer gives a group of kids a full tour of his office, or police cruiser at one of the block parties during National Night Out.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sergent John Prommer and Crime Analyst Jessica Statland talk to a group of residents in the 1000 Blk of West Orange Grove (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sergent John Prommer and Crime Analyst Jessica Statland talk to a group of residents in the 1000 Blk of West Orange Grove (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

National Night Out Scheduled for August

The Burbank Police Department, along with the Park, Recreation, and Community Services Department, will be hosting our City’s annual National Night Out.

When: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chandler Bike Path (between Keystone & Brighton)

Burbank Police Officers along with Fire Fighters stopped by many of the National Night Out Block Party events. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Officers along with Fire Fighters stopped by many of the National Night Out Block Party events. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

National Night Out is a nationwide, one-night rally, where citizens and law enforcement join forces to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Last year, over 1,100 people participated in the event.

All Burbank citizens and businesses are encouraged to celebrate with neighbors on their block, by working together to make a difference, planning a barbeque, block party, or meeting outdoors. Get to know your neighbors and discuss emergency preparedness, neighborhood watch, or safety issues that will enhance the quality of life in your neighborhood.

For those citizens who do not have time to plan their own event, come join the City of  Burbank’s official block party on the Chandler Bike Path. Information booths, exhibits, and food will be available. Parking is limited to availability on the surrounding streets.

If you need assistance in planning a block party for the evening or want to get involved in Neighborhood Watch, contact Officer Joshua Kendrick of the Burbank Police Department at jkendrick@burbankca.gov (818-238-3223).

Burbank Neighborhoods Celebrate ‘National Night Out’

Burbank joined 15,500 other communities to observe National Night Out (NNO), an annual observance to promote crime and drug prevention, and strengthen police/community partnership.

The main event locally was held next to the Chandler Bikeway, on Chandler Blvd. between Keystone St. and Lincoln St. adjacent to Edison Elementary School’s field.  Other events were held at various locations throughout the city, with a total of 18 events.

Everything from the Burbank Police Department’s armored vehicle to the mounted patrol was on display.  Swat team members were on hand to explain some of the specialized equipment they use, as well as let young and old climb into the armored vehicle.  Two of the department’s motorcycles were on display.  The “motors,” with their specialized equipment, are hardly your standard stock BMW motorcycles.

Police horse "Texas" was a big hit with the kids, as he walked along the Chandler Bikeway with his rider, Sgt. Kerry Schilf. (Photo By Stan Lynch)

Sgt. Kerry Schilf riding his horse “Texas” was a big hit with the kids, who lined up to pet the big horse.  Also attending was one of Burbank’s canine  units.  Members of the department-sponsored Police Explorer unit were manning a booth, handing out glow bracelets to kids, and selling DARE anti-drug t-shirts.

Burbank’s Park, Recreation and Community Services department was out in force, offering a variety of booths.  In their crafts booth, young children were busy making buttons and other artful items to take home.  There were a variety of flavors available in the Sno Cone booth.   A big hit was the Burbank Transportation booth that was giving out cloth bags — ideal for toting around all the literature and goodies being given out.

Burbank Water and Power was also on hand, urging residents to sign up for free home energy inspections.  The prize wheel at the Burbank Public Library was a big hit with the kids.  Also exhibiting were the Burbank Fire Department, Relay for Life, Downtown Burbank, Bike Burbank, Friends of the Chandler Bikeway, and Burbank Civic Pride Committee.

The crew from the Target in Burbank were a big hit with the crowd, as they gave away merchandise and gift cards in their prize drawing. In the background on the Chandler Bikeway, Burbank PD's Mounted Patrol is represented by Sgt. Kerry Schilf on "Texas." (Photo By Stan Lynch)

A big hit again this year was the Target booth.  Everyone gathered around at 7 p.m. when the crew from the Burbank Target store began drawing winning tickets.  Several happy folks walked away with prizes that included merchandise and Target gift cards.

No one at the event went away hungry.  As they have in the past, Wienerschnitzel had their mobile hot dog truck there, offering free hot dogs or chili dogs, and French fries.  Cold bottles of water were also given away, which were a big hit due to the extremely hot weather this week.

Although the turnout was good, it did seem like fewer people turned out this year than in the past few years. Perhaps the hot weather kept some people at home.   But for those who turned out to chat with Police Chief Scott LaChasse and members of his command staff, as well as the many police officers in attendance, it was great evening.

Although we were not able to get to every National Night Out event, BNB staff did attend several.  Check out the photos from some of these events held at various locations throughout the city.

Muir Middle School Invites Neighbors to National Night Out Festivities

On Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm, John Muir Middle School will be participating in National Night Out (NNO) in partnership with the Burbank Police Department. NNO is an annual event designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners.

In the spirit of National Night Out, Muir is reaching out to its neighbors to develop a collaborative relationship so that they can assist one another in creating a great school and neighborhood for all.

John Muir Middle School will be having a free hot dog roast, complete with chips, drinks, and popsicles. The event itself is very informal and functions more like a block party than a meeting with a set program. Community members can drop in anytime and meet their neighbors and the Muir team pick up information on how Muir can help you with school-related concerns, and have fun and a free dinner. Should you have any questions please contact the school at 818-558-5320.

Block Captains Get Ready to Help Neighbors Celebrate National Night Out

Supplies were passed out to block Captains, for preparations for the upcoming Aug. 7th National Night Out event. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police gathered their Neighborhood Watch Block Captains for a brief meeting at the Burbank Police Station Thursday evening to update them with current information and to had out supplies in preparation for this years National Night Out to be held this August 7th.

The City will put on the City wide event on Chandler at Keystone, like they have for several years. A dozen or so Block Captains will have events on their block through the city.  Those events will have Burbank Police Command Staff, along with a member of the Police Commission stopping by.

The Burbank Fire Department will also get involved and bring a Fire Engine or Truck to a couple of the block events.

Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick says if anyone is still interested in hosting a ‘Block Event’ to contact Officer Cindi Guillen, Community Resource Officer, at 818-238-3235, to gather additional information.

 

Neighborhood Watch Block Captain Ara Ishkhanian of South Fairview checks out his new shirt with Joshua Kendrick from the Police COPS Bureau. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)