Sheriff Donny Youngblood discusses National Night Out

Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 22:08:38-04

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is one of thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country taking part in National Night Out Tuesday. 

The event is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer. 

The other goal is to create an opportunity for community members and local law enforcement to meet under positive circumstances. 

Sheriff Donny Youngblood said, "I think it's a great opportunity to have conversations with our community."

KCSO will be sharing information about neighborhood safety and prevention programs. There will be a free BBQ, scavenger hunt, face painting, hands-on activities, and static displays. 

Visitors will be able to take a tour of their Air Support Hangar, check out the helicopters, see the SWAT team and more. 

There will also be a K-9 demonstration.

This event comes at a time when the Sheriff's Office is dealing with multiple incidents of deputies facing criminal charges.

Less than a week ago, Deputy Edward Bermudez, 31, was arrested for stealing money from citizens while on the job. 

Despite those incidents, the sheriff said KCSO and the community have a great relationship. 

"We know there is going to be rough spots. They know there is going to be rough spots, but this helps them understand why those things occur," Sheriff Youngblood said. 

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Sheriff Youngblood hopes the National Night out event will be a positive experience.

He's asking the community to partake in the event and take the chance to share the comments and concerns they may have with the department. 

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Moving forward Sheriff Youngblood said he wants to continue building upon the relationships they have with the community and create new ones along the way.