Clayton Stricker, 11, grinned as he slipped into a bullet-proof vest and helmet at Burbank's annual National Night Out Tuesday.
Burbank Police Officer Tim Murphy then let him hold a heavy ram, a Special Weapons and Tactics tool used to knock down doors.
“I'll be back in about two hours, you just hang on there,” Murphy joked.
The SWAT team was stationed at one of the dozen or so community booths set up at the city-sponsored event, where neighbors could get to know law enforcement officials and other community members.
Hundreds of neighbors gathered at the event, held on the Chandler Bikeway between Keystone and Brighton streets, and dozens of Neighborhood Watch groups hosted their own block parties throughout the city.
“It's a good family outing,” said Michael Concidine, who attended the city event with his wife and two kids. “It's fun to get in the community and see our neighbors.”