BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Township Police Department will again present its local version of the National Night Out program starting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6 at the municipal complex at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

National Night Out is a nationwide initiative that was established in 1984. The event has a goal of bringing out the community, and enhancing the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. 

The police department has planned demonstrations of their operations, displays of vehicles, free pony rides and face painting, and later in the evening, a showing of an outdoor movie, "How to Train Your Dragon."

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"This event is something that is very important to us and will remain a tradition for the foreseeable future," Police Chief Michael Shimsky added in an email on Monday. "It gives us another opportunity to connect face to face with our residents and citizens, who we fortunately already enjoy a great relationship with."

Participating along with the police department is the Basking Ridge Fire Co. No. 1 and Emergency Medical Services, Liberty Corner Fire Co. and First Aid Squad, Bernards Township Animal Control and the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance against Substance Abuse.

Other participants include the Somerset County Prosecutors Office and K-9 Unit and the Somerset County Park Commission's Lord Stirling Stable, which will provide ponies.

Snacks will be available for purchase. The film, rated PG, is due to begin at 8 p.m. Moviegoers should bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

Parking for the event is at Ridge High School, 268 S. Finley Ave., in Basking Ridge. The public can park near the Performing Arts Center and walk across Astor Field to reach the event.