ELIZABETH, NJ – Carteret Park was buzzing with activity on Tuesday night as the community came together for the 36th Annual National Night Out.
The annual event brings neighbors together to promote strong police-community partnerships, and neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live and work.
The streets around the park were lined with emergency vehicles from all local agencies. The Fire Department brought their fire trucks and ambulances for families to see and many took turns taking photos on and around the vehicles. Children also took turns playing with sirens and lights.
The Elizabeth Police Department and Union County Sheriff Officers could be seen taking selfies and handing out informational material about prevention programs like drug awareness.
The DJ played music as families strolled through the park going from table to table along the park's walkways. A performance by the dancers from the Elmora Racquet Club Dance Program drew applause while several bouncy houses kept kids entertained as parents looked on.
Edward Johnston who lives near the park said. "This is a great event for the community. We only see the police when something bad happens. To see them smiling and laughing with our kids. That's a good thing”
Local elected officials Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Union County Freeholder Angel Estrada, Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and Councilman At-Large Manny Grova were also out talking to law enforcement officials and the many citizens who came out.