UNION, NJ – Union’s National Night Out Against Crime has even more significance this year in the wake of the recent events that have taken place across the country and the world.

"Union for Unity," which occurred earlier this week, was an event to bring the community together in a sign of solidarity and support, and was the kick off and count down to the annual National Night Out Against Crime, taking place Aug. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Police Headquarters.

“As the leaders of our community, I believe it’s our job to let the community know that we value them and understand the confusion, anger and grief that is plaguing so many people,” said Union Mayor Manuel Figueiredo. “It is only through community that this nation can begin to heal. That’s why we are excited that National Night Out is right around the corner.”

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The Township of Union’s festivities include a community picnic, tours of police headquarters, games, music, family activities and more.

“This is an excellent opportunity for members of the community to get out and not only meet their neighbors, but get to know the men and women who protect and serve them on a more personal level,” Figueiredo said.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. It culminates annually on the first Tuesday in August bringing together neighbors from across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

For additional information on National Night Out, contact the Union Police Department at (908) 851-5000 or contact Natalie Pineiro, public information officer, at (908) 851-5096.