CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Police Department will be participating in the 32nd Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4th 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.  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.  The event provides an excellent opportunity for residents to interact with members of the Cranford Police Department in an informal setting.  Residents and visitors may also obtain information about the Department's many youth, educational, safety and public awareness programs.

Numerous police and emergency vehicles will be on display, including a marked police patrol car, a zodiac jet powered rescue boat, a police motorcycle, emergency services unit utility vehicles and equipment from the Union County Office of Emergency Management and New Jersey Transit Police Department. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to answer questions or demonstrate equipment.

A DJ, face painter, and magician will be on site to provide entertainment for children and adults, and AAA and other organizations will be handing out literature and giveaways.  In addition, the Satori Academy of Cranford and Hands of Life Martial Arts of Garwood will be conducting free demonstrations.  New this year, there will be skateboard skills demonstrations and Walgreens will be on hand to administer flu shots.  A demonstration schedule is attached.

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For the 7th year in a row, a blood drive will also be held during National Night Out.  This year the drive is being held in recognition of the men and women of the Cranford Police Department, Cranford Fire Department and our Emergency Medical Services. 

As in the past, members of the Cranford PBA Local #52 will be on hand to provide refreshments to all in attendance.

Cranford Police Chief James Wozniak believes the National Night Out program provides an excellent chance for residents to meet with officers and other public safety personnel.  “One of our most important jobs is maintaining a strong relationship with the community we serve,” he stated. “This event, on a local scale, helps us build a bond with our residents that is based on trust and understanding.”  Chief Wozniak noted that Cranford’s National Night Out event is being coordinated by Detective Kelly Rieder.  Detective Rieder can be reached at 908-709-7344.

National Night Out Demonstration Schedule:

6:00pm Skateboard Demonstration

6:30pm Satori Academy Demonstration

7:00pm Skateboard Demonstration

7:15pm Hands of Life Demonstration

7:30pm Magic Show

8:30pm Skateboard Demonstration