UNION, NJ -  On Tuesday, August  4,  the Township of Union Police Department hosted ‘National Night Out Against Crime’.  Over 300 residents came by the Police Department to support the Union Police.  ‘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. ‘National Night Out’ enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.  Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

The Township of Union Police Department’s celebration included bouncy houses, face painting and a dunk tank.   There were free hot dogs and Pizza and water donate by local restaurants.  Township Committeeman Clifton People, Jr. said “ This is an innovative approach bringing everybody together and brings the younger generation out  to giving them a better understanding about crime prevention.”

Township Police Director Dan Zieser said “‘National Night Out’ was again a great success.  The Union Police Department continues to have a positive interaction with our community, and we strive every day to improve our community relations.” Mayor Figueiredo said “it’s a beautiful night for neighbors to come out and meet their neighbors.”  He added that it’s a “night for our residents to get more comfortable with our police.”