UNION, NJ – Even with hot temperatures and a late thunderstorm, 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.

“National Night Out is a great opportunity to get the residents out to meet us in another light,” said Sergeant Tim Ford.  “We give tours of the Police Department and different units within the department are on hand to showcase what they do."

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“This is a fantastic night,” said Union resident Aracely Digirolamo.  “We get to come here and see all of the different activities that the Union police put together for us.  I have three children who are happy to be here.  My oldest one is a member of the Police Explorers and it’s really amazing.”

“We’re very proud of what we do here in Union,” said Deputy Mayor and Police Commissioner Joseph Florio.  “We get very large crowds every year, even with the oppressive heat this year.  One of the things I think is great is that the kids and residents get a chance to stop and talk with our police and fireman.  I’m extremely proud of what our police do here.”

"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.”

“This night is also about the businesses in Union who have donated to the event,” said Township Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo.  “There’s a multitude of businesses who work together to bring this to fruition.”