SHORT HILLS, NJ - National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The worldwide event takes place each year on the first Tuesday of August.
According to the National Association of Town Watch, the nonprofit parent of National Night Out, it is estimated that 38 million people in 16,000 communities will be hosting events in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide.
The interfaith prayer service and ceremony to honor Millburn’s law enforcement community was the idea of St. Rose of Lima parishioners who wanted to show support after the recent slayings of police officers. Learning soon after about National Night Out and their mission to bring closer community-police partnerships nationwide, they decided that would be the ideal day.
St. Rose parishioners and staff began to make calls to solicit support for the event. Upon hearing of the event Mayor Ted Bourke gave it his full support, religious leaders throughout the Millburn community confirmed their willingness to participate, as did the Township’s first responders.
"We wanted to come together to show our support for our Police, particularly after the recent slaying of officers, " said Joan Schultz, Pastoral Associate for Ministries and Development at St. Rose. "Our community is a great place to live because we can resolve our differences by working together. We want to be agents of peace and unity."
Confirmed attendance at the event thus far include Millburn Township mayor Ted Bourke, representative of the Millburn Police and Fire Departments, M/SH Volunteer First Aid Squad, St. Rose of Lima Church, Community Congregational Church, Christ Church, B’nai Jeshurun, B’nai Israel, Wyoming Presbyterian, First Baptist Church and St. Stephen’s Church.
St. Rose invites and encourages everyone in the Millburn/Short Hills community and nearby townships to the ceremony on Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.
The townships of Livingston and Summit will also be holding National Night Out events that evening.