RAMPART : Police Open Doors to Promote Unity

The Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department will have its third annual Open House on Saturday at the police station in an effort to promote unity among residents of the division's diverse neighborhoods.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a march from the police station, 2710 W. Temple St., to Lafayette Park and back as a display of community pride, said Officer Webster Wong, the event's main organizer.

"We want to let people know that the Rampart area is united in the common cause of improving conditions here," Wong said. "This will be a chance to voice our frustrations and show that there are people who still have hope in their community."

After the march, the festivities will continue at the police station until 4 p.m. with food, music and entertainment from the many cultures represented in the Rampart area.

The entertainment will include Chinese dragon dancers, Korean singers, martial arts demonstrations, and performances featuring the cultures of Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Belize and other countries. In addition, there will be a puppet show and pinatas for children.

Police officers will be available for questions, and a police helicopter will be on display.

Shuttle buses to the police station will depart from the Leo Politi, Union Avenue and 10th Street elementary schools at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.

Information: (213) 485-4080.

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