SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Police Department has joined police departments from all over the United States in celebrating National Night Out.  The event takes place nationwide on Tuesday, August 6.  Summit Police Chief Robert Weck urges Summit’s residents to “Join the Summit Police Department in observance of this great national event”.

Summit’s National Night Out will be held at Summit’s Village Green on the corners of Elm, Broad and Maple Streets.  The event runs from 6 – 8:30 p.m., with a rain date set for Wednesday August 7, 2013.  There will be a variety of events scheduled throughout the evening including displays and demonstrations from the Summit Police Department, Summit Fire Department, Summit First Aid Squad, Department of Community Services, the Summit Area YMCA and special appearances from Smokey the Bear and other state and federal emergency service teams.

The Department of Community Programs will host a dunk tank, inflatable rides and a children’s entertainment show featuring kid’s magic, comedy and juggling.  There will also be a major concert featuring Exit Row on the Showmobile Stage playing classic rock-n-roll hits.  The PAL Hot Dog Cart will be giving out free hot dogs, and new this year will be the Pizza Vita Food Court where you can purchase pizzas, drinks and gelato.  Community Organizations and city departments that work in concert with the Summit Police Department will also have information tables.

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National Night Out was introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch in an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts.  That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated.  Last year’s 28th Annual National Night Out involved 37 million people in communities from all 50 states. More than 15 thousand communities are expected to participate this year.

For more information on National Night Out contact the Summit Police Department at (908) 273-0051, or the Department of Community Programs at (908) 277-2932.