The Santa Monica Police Department and Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will host a Summer Kick-Off event at the Public Safety Facility located at 333 Olympic Drive on Saturday, May 31 from 9 to 11 a.m.. The event will take place between the City Hall building and the Public Safety Facility.

The department is introducing a new and improved unit, formerly known as Community Relations, and now known as Community Affairs. According to SMPD, Neighborhood Resource Officers (NROs) and Crime Prevention Coordinators (CPCs) have joined forces to enhance the level of service they provide to the community.

Santa Monica Police Department’s K-9 Unit, SWAT, motorcycle officers, pier and harbor service officers, forensics unit, patrol officers, NROs, CPCs, mounted patrol unit and McGruff, the Crime Dog, will be there.

The Santa Monica Police Department will announce a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide communications and safety. Led by Chief Seabrooks, the integration with Nextdoor will enable the SMPD to use Nextdoor to facilitate a virtual neighborhood watch and share important safety updates, emergency notifications, news, services and programs with Santa Monica neighborhoods.

There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy along with food, drinks and pastries.

Free parking will be available in the Civic Center parking structure located directly across the street from the Public Safety Facility.

Residents will also have an opportunity to see a Santa Monica K9 unit in action on Saturday at the 15th Annual Canine Demonstration, organized by the Los Angeles Police Canine Association. K9 units from various L.A. County police agencies will participate in the demonstration and showcase the K9’s capabilities.

It will be held at the Santa Monica College’s Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. The K9 event will start at 3 p.m. after a safety fair at 1 p.m.

For additional information, visit SMPD’s website at www.santamonicapd.org, call the SMPD Community Affairs Unit at (310) 458-8474 or visit lacpca.com.

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