Atascadero’s National Night Out •
Atascadero’s National Night Out is an annual event held during the month of October in Atascadero, CA. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about crime prevention and community safety. This year marked the 18th Annual National Night Out in Atascadero.
The national night out is a celebration of the police, fire, and emergency services in Atascadero. It is held every year on the first Tuesday of September.
In the Sunken Gardens, there is a lot of community outreach and friendliness.
ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — National Night Out was held on Tuesday, Aug. 3, and Atascadero participated for the fourth year in a row in the national community-building event.
The Atascadero Police Department (APD), the Atascadero Fire Department (AFD), the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, SLO County Search and Rescue, and the United States Army all came out for a massive meet and greet with the Atascadero community.
Families and children were able to tour a fleet of emergency vehicles, touch Luke the K-9, see riot gear up close, learn about gun injury prevention, see evidence and crime scenes, and join a free raffle to win gifts from local companies.
We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero
Officer Craig Martineau of the APD stated, “This is the town I grew up in, so I enjoy connecting with the community that I’m from and a part of.” Now that I have a job as a law enforcement officer here, it’s a good time for the community to get to know me so they can have a better sense of who I am, that I’m just a regular guy. Because we’re a tiny department, there’s a good possibility you’ll see one of the six of us out here if you call for assistance.”
APD Officer Lauren Purify said, “It’s a collaboration between our local businesses and our first responders for our community members.” “We’re going out for the night to get to know one other. We have the opportunity to spend out with them, and they have the opportunity to hang out with us.”
Children bounced about in bouncy houses as Galaxy Theaters provided free movie theater popcorn, SloDoCo provided free doughnuts, and Wild Fields Brewhouse provided free meals. Free cookies were supplied by Barracuda Baking, and a group of North County Starbucks Coffee shops came out to offer free iced coffee and tea. Overall, it was a tremendous meet-and-greet with Atascadero residents.
“When it comes to donuts, we prefer to violate the rules,” SloDoCo’s Laura Krause remarked. “We strive to make quirky, fun doughnuts that taste good.”
Starbucks Coffee’s Natasha Schlitz stated, “We’re here to engage with the community in the hopes of raising awareness for our law enforcement and first responders.”
Starbucks Coffee’s Riley Benado stated, “We’re simply happy to serve and give back to our community.”
“For us, it’s simply a chance for the community to meet some of their first responders and firefighters,” AFD Battalion Chief Matt Miranda said. “Our company is a tiny, close-knit group, and the reason we stick together is because we really care about each other, and we bring that mentality to the community as well. We truly care about the individuals we serve and come into contact with on a daily basis. At the end of the day, it means something to us. It’s not simply a case of doing your work and going home.”
Every year on the first Tuesday in August, the United States celebrates National Night Out.
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