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Jailhouse Rock

By Ann K. Williams

August 8 -- Hundreds turned out to party down at the police station Tuesday night as they celebrated Santa Monica’s lowest crime rates since 1956.

Along with 11,000 other police forces across the nation, the Santa Monica Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out, bringing together police officers, fire fighters, City officials, the Red Cross, the animal shelter, local service clubs and the community to an open party featuring live music, food and fun.

“This is a community effort,” Police Chief Timothy Jackman told the crowd, referring to crime rates that have dropped to an all time low since the Santa Monica police started keeping records in the mid 1950s.

Police Chief Tim Jackman (Photos by Ann K. Williams)

“The only way we can have a safe city is if all of us work together.”

Jackman and Fire Chief Jim Hone then gave honorary T-shirts to City Manager P. Lamont Ewell, City Council Member Bob Holbrook and Mayor Richard Bloom.

“We’re not satisfied,” Press Information Officer Alex Padilla said later. “We want to continue the relationship we have with the community to address crime and to keep Santa Monica safe for everyone.

“It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about all of us.”

Police Explorer Steve Prado and Detective McGruff – “McGruff takes a bite out of crime.” Cats behind bars – Has McGruff gone too far? Spring them by contacting the Animal Shelter

That was about as sober as it got, as smiling officers and citizens enjoyed the lighthearted fun of a dance contest, viewed SWAT paraphernalia up close and grooved to the Wonderelles, a 1950s-style all girl singing group.

Officer Villegas and Nero have an admirer Lion Frank Schwengel is backed by fellow Lions, Elks, Jaycees, and Kiwanis members.







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