CHATHAM, NJ - The "34th Annual National Night Out," a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch has been scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2016.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

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  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness in your neighborhood;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Chatham Township Police Department asks residents to save the date of Tuesday, Aug. 1 to show your community spirit and participate in this year’s National Night Out campaign by organizing something in your neighborhood.  

In years past, neighborhoods throughout the community have held block parties, cookouts and other types of social events. Members of the Chatham Township Police Department, elected township officials and the ever popular “McGruff” the Crime Dog will visit all of the locations throughout the evening.

For more information and to let the Chatham Township Police Department know that your neighborhood is planning an event this year, please contact Detective Dave Gallo at 973-377- 0121 by Wednesday July 25.