Costa Mesa employees teach community safety at National Night Out

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City employees volunteered Aug. 6 at the National Night Out community event, which occurs annually across the nation to build bridges between residents and local law enforcement.

Members of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association helped put together the event, which included displays by Costa Mesa’s police and fire departments, a coloring contest and a demonstration of self-defense skills by local students of the Samurai Cop Self Defense Academy.

Costa Mesa Crime Prevention Specialist Kelly Vucinic, who celebrates 25 years with the City of Costa Mesa this year, said she enjoys coordinating the National Night Out event each year because of the community building that occurs.

“National Night Out is an important event to me because I enjoy teaching the community how to stay safe,” Vucinic said. “I look at it as an opportunity for the City and the community to work together.”

Pictured: Civilian Investigator Lily Martinez, Crime Prevention Specialist Kelly Vucinic and Crime Analyst Holly Carver