NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Want to come together with your neighbors and city police officers?
Tonight's the night to do it. That's because it's the first Tuesday in August, which has for years played host to the community-police gathering called National Night Out, in an effort to build bonds between each group and improve neighborhood safety.
“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community,” writes the National Association of Town Watch, the organization that first founded the event in 1984. “Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
New Brunswick doesn't host a single National Night Out event, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw told TAPinto New Brunswick.
Instead, various crime-watch and neighborhood entities host events throughout the city. They're typically barbecues or picnics.
Then, Bradshaw said, a “caravan of police and elected officials” travel to each gathering and spend time with residents. Their trip kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today, Aug. 1, and will hit the following stops:
- St. Mary's Apartments
- 116 Livingston Ave.
- Hope Manor/Riverside Drive
- 33 Commercial Ave. Apartments
- Raritan Gardens
- War Memorial Park
- Van Dyke Avenue/Wright Place
- Recreation Park
National Night Out began in 1984 and has since been celebrated by millions of individuals, across the United States and beyond. Law enforcement typically uses it as a means to promote neighborhood watch programs, drug prevention and other community initiatives.