NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield Police Department will hold its 13th Annual National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime celebration and Public Safety Vehicle Expo on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The event, which will feature free, fun and informational activities for the whole family, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Municipal Building at 263 Somerset Street.
“National Night Out is an opportunity to bring together the community residents and members of the public safety community in an informative and fun manner, thus building relationships with the community we serve,” said North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti.
This year’s National Night Out will include a display of public safety emergency equipment from both North Plainfield Police Department and the North Plainfield Fire Department as well as equipment from the tactical and dive/rescue elements of the Somerset County Emergency Response Team. Handouts and pamphlets will also be available on topics as domestic violence, gang awareness, identity theft, block watch associations, and crime prevention.
As in previous years, Safeguard Document Shredding of Manalapan will be also on hand offering borough residents the opportunity to have, at no cost, two shopping bags of private paper shredded to safeguard against identity theft. Additionally, representatives with Somerset County Division of Child Protection and Permanency, the North Plainfield Fire Department, Somerset County S.W.A.T., and EmpowerSomerset as well as the Middle Earth youth organization and both the borough’s Municipal Alliance and Youth Services committees will be on hand.
North Plainfield’s National Night Out will also feature music from a DJ as well as free beverages and food – hot dogs and hamburgers - courtesy of the North Plainfield PBA as well as Angel’s Italian Ices. Geovanny Montoya will serve as DJ and there will be free and fun activities for children, including a clown, a balloon artist and face painter from Mad Hatters, Inc.; and cartoonist Will Torres.
“National Night Out is a fun and informational event for the entire family that and provides us a way to give back to the community,” said Detective Albert ‘Tito’ Domizi, who runs the department’s investigation and community policing units along with the school district’s DARE and GREAT programs. “This event offers a great environment for residents to approach us, talk to us and get to know us.”
About National Night Out
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches, is held annually on the first Tuesday in August in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The first National Night Out took place in 1984 and featured a traditional ‘lights on’ campaign along with symbolic front porch vigils. Over time, however, the campaign grew into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events and safety demonstrations and seminars.
The idea of the program has evolved into fostering a partnership between local law enforcement and the community residents. By working in concert, crime can be reduced and the quality of life that a community enjoys improved. Today, over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide participate in National Night Out events.
For more information on National Night Out, visit http://natw.org. For additional information on North Plainfield’s 13th Annual celebration, call Detective Domizi at 908-769-2971.
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