Edison, NJ - On Tuesday, Edison hosted its eleventh annual National Night Out at Papaianni Park. The event included games for children, and an outdoor movie - “ Spider-Man : Into the Spider Verse.” 

“It’s a nice place, nicely organized, with a lot of activities for the kids,” said Edison resident Raghad Musa. 

Residents had the opportunity to meet officers from the police and fire departments departments and to learn more about the department’s responsibilities.

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Ingy Razouk, a resident of Edison said, “It’s really nice to see the community come together and see what it has to offer. The police department and fire department are here, it’s really nice.”

Edison’s Night-Out also features a visit from “McGruff the Crime Dog” and his “Paw Patrol,” free hotdogs,  bottled water, Italian ice, and other refreshments. 

“Our National Night-Out is a community-builder that strengthens camaraderie and fosters positive relationships between residents, police officers, firefighters and town employees,” Mayor Thomas Lankey said in advance of the event. “Events like this make our community a safer, more welcoming place to live.”

National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches, is held annually on the first Tuesday in August and is intended to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.