SPOTSWOOD, NJ - National Night out Against Crime has quickly become a summertime staple in the community of Spotswood. The annual event is sponsored by local police departments across the country and is the brainchild of the National Association of Town Watch. Since its creation in 1984, more than 16,000 towns take part in the event, which is typically held on the second Tuesday in August. The main idea behind the community gathering is to foster a positive relationship between residents and the police department.

Spotswood's Police Department will begin the festivities on August 4 at the Municipal Complex on Summerhill Road. Activities will be held from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. and will include food vendors, free health screenings by Saint Peters Hospital as well as children-centered games and an inflatable slide. In case of rain, the event will move into nearby Spotswood High School.