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Community Safety Day/ Police and Public Safety Expo to be Held at Livingston Mall

Livingston officer Stan Valles poses with Batman (Genaro Ortiz Jr.) and The Joker at the 2014 event. Batman will be here again this year. Credits: Barbara Anderson

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Simon’s Livingston Mall is inviting area families to learn about public safety and get up-close and personal with local, county, state and federal law enforcement as it hosts Community Safety Day on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Livingston Mayor Michael M. Silverman, Deputy Mayor Alfred M. Anthony and other county dignitaries will help kick off the event at the opening ceremony, which will begin at 11 a.m. in Center Court.

Also known as the Police and Public Safety Expo, the annual event will be presented by the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association (ECCPOA) as a way to better educate the community about various police and emergency service operations with an emphasis on public safety.

In the mall’s parking lot, an ambulance, fire truck and several police vehicles will be on display allowing attendees to explore them. A New Jersey State Police Helicopter will also be on the grounds after making a grand entrance with a scheduled 12 p.m. landing in the parking lot. There will also be safety programs such as the interactive Saint Barnabas Fire Safety House, a station that will help create child identification cards and a car seat installation station where experts will check parent’s car seats to ensure they are installed properly. In addition, there will be musical entertainment along with fun activities for kids including a Simon Kidgits Club bounce house, as well as a meet and greet with Batman and the Batmobile.

“As always, we are pleased to host this event focusing on safety and helping the public better understand how our local, county, state and federal law enforcement works,” said Maria Gregorius, director of marketing and business development for Livingston Mall. “I know each year how much the ECCPOA enjoys this opportunity to build relationships between the community and law enforcement officers as well.”

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