On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Chatham Township will participate in the 29th Annual National Night Out.
National Night Out began as an effort by the National Association of Town Watch to educate residents on how to prevent crimes and drug use in their neighborhoods and to strengthen relationships between local police and residents.
In 2011, citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide celebrated National Night Out.
Chatham Township residents hosted six separate block parties in 2011 and seven in 2010, attended by the , , and .
This year on National Night Out, Chatham Township Police encourage residents to "show your community spirit" by organizing a block party in your neighborhood. Any residents interested in organizing a block party should contact Sgt. Maureen Kazaba of the Chatham Township Police Department for more information.
All block parties will be visited by members of the Chatham Township Police Department, elected officials from Chatham Township, and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Summit, Madison and East Hanover were among the nearby communities which participated in last year's night out against crime.