WESTFIELD, NJ – The town's first responders will participate in a national event to better police and community relationships next week.
The public will have the opportunity to meet Westfield police officers – along with firefighters and DPW workers – see demonstrations of emergency equipment, partake in fingerprinting and other activities for children, as well as register home alarms and bicycles, police said.
Celebrations for National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Quimby Street, police said. The department’s parking division will also provide tutorials, police said.
“National Night Out provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances,” said Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a news release Monday. “The event has been expanded to include our Fire, EMS, and Public Works Departments – all of which work so very hard to keep our town such a safe and desirable place to live.”
National Night Out began in August of 1984 through an established network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and volunteers, according to the National Association of Town Watch, which has led the initiative.
National Night Out came to Westfield in 2015. Last year, a brief drenching rain didn’t put a damper on Westfield’s National Night Out, during which families mingled and took photos with police, firefighters, EMTs and public works employees.
The Westfield Police Department's community initiatives this year have also included the implementation of bicycle patrols, the designation of the police department as a safe "Internet Exchange Location" and an autism awareness family day at police headquarters.
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