Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres to Take Part in National Night Out Events throughout 35th District

August 2, 2016
Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) will join National Night Out festivities throughout the 35th district, taking part in the celebrations in Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, and Pomona.


“At a time when community-police relations throughout the country have become increasingly strained, events like National Night Out  help build trust between the police and the communities they serve,” said Torres.  “As a former member of my own neighborhood watch, I know we can all play a part in keeping our neighborhoods safe.  While this event only comes around once a year, I hope local residents and law enforcement will leave tonight with a renewed commitment to strengthen the ties that make for a create for safe, vibrant communities.”  


National Night Out is an annual, nation-wide event that promotes neighborhood camaraderie and community-police partnerships.  Neighborhoods across the country join their local law enforcement agencies to host block parties, festivals, cookouts, and other community events along with demonstrations by emergency personnel, seminars, and exhibits.


In addition to getting to know their local law enforcement officers and taking part in their own neighborhood watch groups, constituents are encouraged to consider the following helpful tips to help prevent crime and promote safer neighborhoods:


  • Lighting is one of the most important crime deterrents.  Consider installing lights on a timer to give would-be thieves the impression that people are home.

  • Follow your instincts.  If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store, restaurant, lit house, or more populated area.

  • Make sure your family, especially children, know when and how to dial 9-1-1.

  • Help your child memorize their own address and phone number.

  • Look up your local police and emergency services departments and keep important phone numbers in an easily accessible location.  

  • Only use 9-1-1 is cases of emergency.  Direct non-emergency calls to 3-1-1 or the appropriate non-emergency number in your community to help keep 9-1-1 lines open for true emergencies and life-threatening situations.