WESTFIELD, NJ — Families will have the opportunity to mingle with police, firefighters, EMTs and public works employees the evening of Aug. 1 at Westfield’s second annual National Night Out, to be held in the north side parking lot of the train station from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“Last year it was a great turnout,” Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said. “This year we're expanding it even more, including activities for the children.”
Among the new treats this year will be free hot dogs and sodas. Kids will be able to climb onto vehicles, get their fingerprints taken, color at the coloring station and take home giveaways. Young people ages 14 to 20 will have an opportunity to sign up for the Police Explorer Program.
Everyone will have the chance to to meet and chat with first responders and members of the DPW, view equipment up close, see parking division demonstrations, register their bicycles and register their alarms.
“It's a great opportunity to meet police officers outside their official realm,” Wayman said.
That night is also jazz night downtown, and live music by The Gold Magnolias will begin in that area at 7 p.m.
Metered spots on the north side of the train station will be closed that day in preparation for the event, Wayman said. Commuters will still have access to their permit parking.
The National Night Out campaign, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is part of continuing efforts to strengthen ties between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out each year across thousands of communities from all 50 states, US territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.