UNION, NJ - National Night Out drew hundreds of residents to police headquarters Tuesday evening for music, games, food and the ever-popular Dunk-a-Cop.
Hosted by the Township of Union Police, with members of the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, National Night Out seeks to promote positive relations between the community and police agencies.
"This is another great night for township residents and the Union police," said Police Director Daniel Zieser. "We get together here and everyone has a great time. We’re glad to have the resident’s support.”
“Even with the hot weather, our 34th National Night Out was a great success,” said Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “So many of our residents, including several new families who recently moved into town, came out to meet our officers on a personal level and to learn about some of the techniques available to protect themselves, their families and their home.”
Attendees were able to explore police, fire and ambulance vehicles close up, take a tour of the police station and see police equipment in use, and mix and mingle with their local community leaders. Children were entertained by giant bounce houses, could ride a bicycle with the “drunk driving” glasses, and get their face painted. Free hot dogs and pizza were available while a DJ kept the evening festive with contemporary tunes.
“As I walked around the police headquarters lot,” continued Mayor Cavadas, “I was so moved by the sense of community among our residents.”