CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford Police Department will participate in the 34th Annual National Night Out, a nationwide event organized by the National Association Town Watch to promote involvement in crime prevention, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.

The event promotes the opportunity for residents to interact with the police department and learn about the department’s youth, educational, safety and public awareness programs.

“Maintaining a strong relationship with the community we serve is very important to us,” Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak said in a press release sent by the department. “Our National Night Out event grows each year and allows us the opportunity to build that relationship with our community.”

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Police and emergency vehicles will be displayed at the event, including marked patrol cars, police motorcycles, equipment from the Union  County Office of Emergency Management and New Jersey Transit Police Department, and more. Safety personnel will be available to answer questions or demonstrate the equipment.

For the 9th year in a row, a blood drive will be held during the event. Additionally, the event will feature a DJ, face painting, animal performers, a rock wall, bungee run and other games and activates. Local businesses, including AAA, the Cranford Department of Recreation, PSE&G and more will conduct giveaways and pass out information. Hands of Life Martial Arts of Garwood will perform demonstrations.

The event will be held on Tuesday, August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Patrolman Robert F. Hand Plaza and on the front lawn of the Cranford Police Department headquarters

Cranford’s National Night Out is coordinated by Detective Kelly Rieder of the Cranford Police Department. Refreshments will be provided by members of the Cranford PBA Local no. 52. Additional displays and events are sponsored by PSE&G and the Cranford Municipal Alliance.