CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford celebrated National Night Out, Tuesday, Aug. 4, an annual event designed to promote crime prevention awareness, good-will and a positive relationship between the community and emergency services.

Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and elected officials mingled with residents, they answered questions and gave demonstrations.  Children and adults alike took the opportunity to climb into some of the emergency equipment on display including; the police department’s mobile command center, a Humvee, a patrol car, a firetruck, an ambulance and other vehicle that were available.

Those in attendance were treated to music provided by a DJ, face painting, a magician, skateboard demonstrations, ice cream from a vintage Good Humor truck, martial arts demonstrations and hot-dogs provided by the fire department. There were other activities and giveaways from some of the event sponsors.

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Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak took the opportunity to thank those involved, “We would like to thank our state and local government officials, our vendors and sponsors, as well as the Cranford Fire Department and the Cranford First Aid Squad for all their help in making the night a total success.”

The chief went on to comment about what National Night Out means to the department and the community, “We are thrilled with the level of community support we received tonight. When you see the smiles on the children’s faces, and you have a chance to engage and interact with the Township residents, you realize what a great community you live and work in.  We definitely appreciate the relationship we have with this town.”

Detective Kelly Rieder, responsible for coordinating the evening commented, “National Night Out is a police sponsored event. It is where the police and the community come together to stand up against crime. In Cranford, we like to invite the fire department, EMS, and first aid squad to join us. It is a way to bring those first responders that we work closely with us to share in our festivities.”

According to its website, www.natw.org, This free nationwide event, developed by the National Association of Town Watch, began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods were organized and fighting back against crime.