MORRISTOWN, NJ -- The Morris County Park Police hosted the 34th Annual National Night Out last night at Mennen Arena. Activites included food, entertainment, ice skating, military vehicles, fire engines, squad cars, ambulances, motorcycles as well as the Couty Park Police's Mounted Equestrian Unit. The New Jersey Roller Derby and The County College of Morris and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also participated in the event.
The purpose of National Night Out is the bring information to the community to make people safer and happier. The Nation The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children discussed various rules for personal safety such as telling an adult first before going anywhere or taking a friend when going somewhere or playing outside. The remainder rules can be found on their website MissingKids.org.
Lois McClellan-Wnek, recruiting manager of Morris County Park Commission, stated that National Night Out brings out about 5,000 people county wide to learn about all available services. National Night Out was established in 1984 with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice. It was developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community through a multitude of local events. These include block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities, and seminars. National Night Out participation has increased from 2.5 million people in 400 communities in year one to more than 32 million people in nearly 10,000 communities today.