CLARK, NJ - The Clark Police Department is getting ready for its third annual “National Night Out” to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the parking lot of the Arthur L. Johnson High School.
Children will have the opportunity to see and touch police cars, fire trucks and ambulances. There will be coloring books, glow sticks, t-shirts and other giveaways that were donated by local businesses, event organizer Clark Police Detective Brian Soos said. The department will be serving free food including hot dogs and hamburgers donated by Target and Italian ice donated by Rita’s.
“We’ll talk about safety, stranger danger, calling 9-1-1, how to safeguard your home,” Soos said. “It’s all about community policing.”
National Night Out, "America’s Night Out Against Crime” was the brainchild of The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) Executive Director Matt. A Peskin in 1984. That first year, 400 communities in 23 states and an estimated 2.5 million Americans took part. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. National Night Out last August involved 38.0 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases worldwide.
Soos said the Clark event has been growing each year and he’s hoping for good weather and a great turnout on Tuesday.