CRANFORD - Two weeks ago, residents packed the front lawn of the Cranford Police Department headquarters and in the Patrolman Robert F. Hand Plaza for Cranford National Night Out. 

On display were police cars and firetrucks, a rock-climbing wall, food trucks, inflatables for the kids to play on, a Dunk-A-Cop game, and much more. 

The Dunk-A-Cop stand saw many of our local police officers sit on a platform with the fate of them getting dunked into a tub of water left in the hands of the Cranford citizens. The game charged five dollars for three throws, with the proceeds to be donated to Cranford Family Care, a non-profit organization that offers temporary emergency assistance to qualified residents. After subtracting the expense of renting the dunk tank, Dunk-A-Cop raised $700 for donation along with canned goods that were also collected throughout the night. 

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While kids weren't busy climbing the rock wall, playing on the inflatables, or dunking cops, they were able to approach other officers throughout the event to receive their trading cards. The police and fire departments also had their own stands where kids were able to try on and hold some of the equipment our service men use every day. 

To check out more photos from the 2019 Cranford National Night Out, you can look at the album posted on the Cranford Police Department Facebook page here.