Showing Unity Against Crime

Lake Interlochen residents were honored to host many Arlington police officers and politicians at the annual National Night Out. The October 4, 2022 event was held on Porto Bello Court. It was truly an evening of “blue” and “brass” and neighborhood fun.

Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, HOA Board President Ralph Sobel and his wife Alice, Police Chief Al Jones

Arlington Mayor Jim Ross and Arlington Police Chief Al Jones arrived early and stayed a long time greeting residents. They and many of senior officers, including West Deputy Chief Kris Caldwell, answered questions and joined residents for photos.

A Crime Scene truck was one of the highlights. The SCI officer invited kids inside the specially equipped vehicle and they were awed by all the high tech equipment.

Chief Jones and his officers all had a black patch on their shields in memory and honor of a young recruit who recently died during training. It was a vivid reminder that police officers put their lives on the line for us every day and why “Back the Blue” is more important than ever. Arlington PD is the 46th largest law enforcement agency in the country with almost 900 sworn officers and professional staff members.

Nancy Weaver, vice president of the HOA Board of Directors, is a long-time 911 operator and she introduced members of her team. State Representative Tony Tinderholt gave residents an update about his eight years in the Austin House. Several new residents of Lake Interlochen attended including one of the youngest homeowners, 31-year-old Victor Barbosa on Loch Lomond. He is excited about his fixer upper on the lake. And his recent engagement.

Porto Bello resident and Boat Parade Director Mike Saliba provided beautiful background music perfect for the conversation on a beautiful night.

From left: Alice Sobel, State Rep Tony Tinderholt, Terry and Teresa Gaines, Michael Saliba, Peggy Crist, Carole Harston, Lee Mulcahy.

The purpose of National Night Out is to build strong partnerships between the police and communities and to promote crime awareness programs such as Neighborhood Community Watch groups. Last year’s event was the largest ever, involving 37 million people in 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. The City of Arlington has participated in National Night Out for more than 20 years.