CAMDEN, NJ — Officers and command staff from the Camden County Police Department joined in the community Tuesday night, tossing the football around with local youth and talking to residents.
National Night Out, the annual summer event promoting police and neighborhood relationships, came to parks in each of the four districts of Camden City.
Organizations such as the Center for Family Services, Volunteers of America, and Be SMART set up information booths at the different locations. Backpack raffles were held to give families a chance to cover a few items that will be needed for the fast-approaching school year. Residents could take part in games, enjoy live music, and get some ice cream at the Mister Softee truck.
The CCPD had specialty vehicles on hand, including the Slingshot, providing the children with an up-close look and photo opportunities with officers.
City and county elected officials made appearances throughout the evening. Mayor Frank Moran greeted attendees of the festivities across the city. He also helped lead walking groups from stop to stop, which were situated as follows: Sheila Roberts Park (1st District), Yorkship Square (2nd District), Von Nieda Park (3rd District), and Whitman Square Water Tower (4th District).