SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Police Department's August 6 National Night Out at Rowland Park drew record crowds this summer with more than 7,000 residents stopping by to enjoy the fun. National Night Out began in 1984 as a way to strengthen the bonds between the community and the police in their unified fight against crime. The fun, family-friendly event also works to improve the relations between officers and the residents living in the towns they serve. More than 9,000 communities participate in National Night Out, which is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. The South Brunswick Police Department hosted National Night Out 2019 with the help of 80 volunteers.

"This event is only possible through the strong bond we share with our community," said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka. "We'd like to thank the many volunteers who worked the event, the businesses that sponsored it, and all the emergency workers who came to make the night a success. As always, we'd like to thank Township Manager Bernard Hvozdovic, Mayor Charlie Carley and the Town Council for their support."

This year's free festivities included carnival games and prizes, bounce houses, a petting zoo and rides. Food was on the menu of course and the SBPD handed out thousands of hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, chips and ice pops. Residents were treated to interactive displays from the SBPD, the township's fire department and EMS. he South Brunswick Municipal Alliance hosted a health and wellness pavilion as well, featuring displays and organizational giveaways focused on a healthy lifestyle.

The South Brunswick Police Department is already planning National Night Out 2020. So save the date for Tuesday, August 4.