SAN FRANCISCO—The third year of Chinatown Night Out will take place on Tuesday, September 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release from the San Francisco Police Department. The SFPD’s goal is to build trust and partnership between the Chinatown community and the police.
“When relationships are formed and trust is established, the community feels comfortable to report crime,” states the press release.
Chinatown Night out is modeled after National Night Out and began in 2014 as an effort to reach the monolingual speaking Chinese Community. The SFPD plans on educating the community on the importance of crime prevention during the event. The topics that will be talked about include robberies, burglaries, blessing scams, cell phone theft, residential “tailgating,” security cameras and personal safety. The SFPD will also be communicating their message on Vision Zero and stressing the importance of pedestrian safety.
The agenda for the event is:
- Performance by the SFPD Lion Dance Team
- Speakers and Presentation
- Dinner for the Community
- Meet and Greet
- Raffle and Giveaways
Attending the event will be police officers including those from the Academy Class and members of Central Station, SFPD Police Chief Tony Chaplin and the SFPD Command Staff, Police Commissioners, Supervisors, San Francisco Mayor Edward M. Lee, other city officials, dignitaries, the District Attorney and community leaders. All those in attendance will be on hand for a meet and greet with the community. Community members will also be able to interact with their beat officers and the Ping Yuen Housing Team.
Chinatown Night Out 2016 is being coordinated by the SFPD Central Station, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Supervisor Peskin’s Office, the Chinatown Community Development Center, Self Help for the Elderly, the Chinatown YMCA, Cameron House and SF Safe. Community and nonprofit groups will be in attendance to provide information. Donations will be graciously accepted.
Last year, Chinatown Night Out 2015 saw around 2,000 residents in attendance. The event will be located at Portsmouth Square.