Pandemic or not, Pasadena’s police chief, fire chief, mayor and city manager are planning to meet with the community during what is normally “National Night Out” with law enforcement, moving the traditional gathering to an online format they are calling “National Night In,” officials said.
The community forum is the first of its kind in the city, but not to be the last, said Pasadena Police Chief John Perez.
The event is expected to kick off a series of interactions between first responders and the community as part of the newly formed iPrevention program, which is to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, hosted via Zoom.
Perez added that the meeting, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, will provide a chance for community members to ask questions and learn about policing and firefighting in the city.
Scheduled speakers include Perez, Interim Fire Chief Bryan Frieders, Mayor Terry Tornek and City Manager Steve Mermell.
The meeting can be accessed online at us02web.zoom.us/j/82726840699 by using the Webinar ID 827 2684 0699.
Those wishing to listen only can call into the meeting by phone at (669) 900-6833.
The national organizers of National Night Out said in a written statement that the group was “strongly recommending” that all in-person National Night Out events be delayed until the first Tuesday of October, which falls on Oct. 6.
Circumstances allowing, Perez said the Police Department plans to participate in the October event, as well.