SUNNYSIDE, WASH-- Rosalinda Alvarez and Julia Hart still have about 24 hours until their big event. Most of the plans are already set so they are just about ready for one of the largest National Night Out block parties in Sunnyside.
The bouncers, piñatas, and food are all used to bring together the 400 or so people they expect tomorrow at Kiwanis Park in the North Avenue community.
But in this area in particular, the point of the party is to build trust in the neighbors and law enforcement.
As the executive director of Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services, Julia Hart feels it's her role to encourage the community to reach out to police when they have a concern. A practice she used to bring to light a suspected drug house in her neighborhood.
About 15 Sunnyside Police Department officers along with their student volunteers will be going to 15 night out block parties across the city tomorrow to show their support and deliver a message, "we have their backs, we will walk with them every step of the way from initial contact through prosecution", said Sunnyside Police Officer Scott Orate.