Ronald McDonald, Sparky the Fire Dog and CFL Charlie the light bulb engage youth attending Tuesday’s National Night Out event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex during the Mascot Challenge dance-off. Brandon Messick - Daily Press

Ronald McDonald, Sparky the Fire Dog and CFL Charlie the light bulb engage youth attending Tuesday’s National Night Out event at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex during the Mascot Challenge dance-off. Brandon Messick – Daily Press

At left, the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets present the colors to open Artesia’s National Night Out Tuesday at MLK Jr. Park. Brandon Messick - Daily Press

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets present the colors to open Artesia’s National Night Out Tuesday at MLK Jr. Park. Brandon Messick – Daily Press

 At right, Artesia Police Department Sgt. Esteban Sepulveda speaks with citizens in attendance at the event, designed to foster a cooperative and vigilant relationship between members of the community and local law enforcement agencies. Brandon Messick - Daily Press

Artesia Police Department Sgt. Esteban Sepulveda speaks with citizens in attendance at the event, designed to foster a cooperative and vigilant relationship between members of the community and local law enforcement agencies. Brandon Messick – Daily Press

By BRANDON MESSICK
Daily Press Staff Writer
The National Night Out against Crime commenced at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Complex Tuesday, with hundreds of Artesia residents in attendance.
“For Artesia, this night is part of a bigger national picture,” said Artesia Police Department Sgt. Esteban Sepulveda. “Police agencies throughout the country hold this event every year on the first Tuesday of every August for the past 30 years to promote the Neighborhood Watch and to promote anti-crime activities. We’re glad that the people of Artesia have come together to help us to help them fight crime.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.