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National Night Out returns to Red Bluff

Red Bluff Daily News logo Red Bluff Daily News 8/4/2022 Chip Thompson

RED BLUFF — The National Night Out event, intended to let the public know about law enforcement and other community programs available, returned Tuesday at the Red Bluff Community Center.

Attendance was light early on in the two-hour event, possibly due to the heat. Red Bluff Police Captain Quintan Ortega said the event was cancelled the last couple of years due to COVID-19, and that may have played a part.

A girl tries her hand at a dunk tank Tuesday hosted by Tehama County Probation at the National Night Out event at the Red Bluff Community Center. (Chip Thompson/Daily News) © Provided by Red Bluff Daily News A girl tries her hand at a dunk tank Tuesday hosted by Tehama County Probation at the National Night Out event at the Red Bluff Community Center. (Chip Thompson/Daily News)

Those who made it out were treated to a go at a dunk tank operated by Tehama County Probation, a K-9 unit, Red Bluff Police Department surveillance drones and free shave ice from Island Ice.

Community Service Officer Riley Garcia said the department has different drones for different scenarios, including a large unit with multiple cameras and a small drone able to be used indoors.

Education opportunities included drug prevention initiatives, information about town watch organizations and tips on burglar-proofing a home.

The first night out event occurred in the 1970s in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

This was the first time National Night Out has happened in Red Bluff since 2019 and the event was smaller in scale due to the coronavirus.

Participating agencies included Empower Tehama, Tehama County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations, Red Bluff Police Department and its Volunteers In Police Service program, California Highway Patrol, Tehama County Gun Owners chapter of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, Tehama County Probation, Tehama County K-9 Foundation and Red Bluff Fire Department.

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