SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood and Scotch Plains police departments each hosted National Night Out festivities for the community on Tuesday, August 1st.
National Night Out activities at LaGrande Park in Fanwood included games, a free barbecue, face-painting, raffles, a bounce house and Dunk-a-Cop. Following the festivities, the recreation department presented its free outdoor screening of Finding Nemo.
The Scotch Plains Police Department, Rescue Squad, Fire Department and Union County SWAT Team hosted National Night Out at the Alan Augustine Village Green next to the Municipal Building. The event included the ever-popular Dunk-a-Cop, police demonstrations, fingerprinting, a giant bounce house, and music by The Broadcasters.
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.