Annual National Night Out is on

Public and police will come together

McGruff the Crime Dog greeting kids at the 2016 National Night Out.
McGruff the Crime Dog greeting kids at the 2016 National Night Out.

Bayonne will participate in the 38th annual National Night Out, according to Mayor James Davis and Police Chief Robert Geisler.

National Night Out is designed to bring communities and police departments together. It began in 1984 and has grown to include 38 million people and more than 16,000 communities across the country.

Last year, the event was not held in Bayonne due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back again

The event, organized by the Bayonne Police Department and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone/Special Improvement District, will feature food and family fun on Broadway between 21st and 23rd Streets on August 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“National Night Out is a great event that promotes safer cities and police-community partnerships across the country,” Davis said. “I would like to invite the people of Bayonne to join with the Bayonne Police Department on National Night Out, and to work with our police for public safety throughout the year.”

“National Night Out presents a great opportunity for the members of the Bayonne Police Department to continue to establish and strengthen relationships with our community members,” Geisler said. “The Bayonne Police Department prides itself on providing the highest levels of service. After not being able to host this event last year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are excited for the opportunity to once again interact with our community members during National Night Out on August 3rd, 2021.”

Building community

The event will feature free children’s rides, free popcorn, various giveaway items, soft drinks, snacks, music by a DJ, and displays from agencies and organizations. Free promotional items will be available, including frisbees and wrist bands. No goods or services are allowed to be sold at National Night Out.

Participating agencies include the Bayonne Police Department, the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone/Special Improvement District, the Bayonne Department of Public Works, the Bayonne Housing Authority, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, McCabe Ambulance, and the Bayonne Fire Department. The Bayonne Police Explorers will help the BPD, and vehicles from various public safety agencies will be on hand.

Private sector sponsors include BCB Community Bank, Kayco, Rainforest Distributors, and other local businesses. Several nonprofit organizations will also participate.

There is no rain date for National Night Out.

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