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Fallen officer and partner remembered at Night Out

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego-area law enforcement officers, elected officials and their counterparts from around the country will laud crime prevention efforts Tuesday as events marking the 33rd Annual Night Out Against Crime get underway.

National Night Out events will be held at venues throughout San Diego County, starting at 11 a.m. with sheriff's deputies displaying their vehicles and equipment in the Target parking lot on Business Park Drive in Vista. A similar event will take place in the Encinitas Town Ranch Center at 2 p.m.

Local FBI employees, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni and FBI Teen Academy members will hand out information about various initiatives, including an Internet safety program, a child identification app and an effort to counter violent extremism, during a block party at 3 p.m. in Colina Del Sol Park in San Diego, and at similar events at Grape Day Park in Escondido at 5 p.m., and at the National City Municipal Pool at 5:30 p.m., according to FBI Special Agent Davene Butler.

"Law enforcement and the communities served need to work together, build strong relationships and continue to support one another," Butler said in a statement. "Tonight's event, `National Night Out,' is a great example of how we are all working toward those goals."

In Chula Vista, police will offer tours of their headquarters and conduct demonstrations at 4 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., the Clairemont Neighborhood Watch, Clairemont Town Council, San Diego Police Department and San Diego City Councilmembers Chris Cate and Lorie Zapf will hold a similar family-friendly event at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Neighborhood watch block captains and San Diego police officers will be on hand to answer questions and register those interested in starting a neighborhood watch program.

"Strong and active neighborhood watch programs and fostering positive relationships of mutual respect with our police officers and members of the Clairemont community is an excellent way to reduce crime and make our Clairemont neighborhood safer," Zapf said.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has also planned events to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime in Alpine, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, Poway, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, San Marcos, Santee and Valley Center.

Sheriff's officials asked those who cannot attend, but want to show their support to leave their porch lights on tonight.

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