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National Night Out in Burbank to be held at police station

Burbank’s annual National Night Out will be held Tuesday at the city’s police station, as it’s moved from its regular location on the Chandler Bikeway.

More than two dozen city departments and organizations will have booths, games or demonstrations at the event – this year themed “World Peace” – which is intended to strengthen relationships between community members and law enforcement officials.

“This is a national event to encourage all of our neighbors, all of our community to get out and know their neighbors, it’s a social event,” said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the station’s rear parking lot, located at 200 N. Third St.

The department’s K-9, “Steevo,” will also be on site, along with the Special Weapons and Tactics team. Children can participate in games offered by local business and the parks department, as well as take photographs in a mock jail that will be set up by the police department, Ryburn said.

The Burbank Bike Angels, a group of 50 city employees and residents who refurbish bikes to give away to local children during the holidays, will be collecting old bicycles.

After the city event, Neighborhood Watch block captains in nearly 20 neighborhoods are hosting block parties, each of which will get a visit from police or city officials, Ryburn said.

The department, he said, encourages the groups to host social gatherings throughout the year to meet their neighbors, so that if “they’re gone for a week-and-a-half…you can watch their house for them.”

For more information, call Burbank police at (818) 238-3223.

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