Get acquainted with the Jefferson police department at a free community picnic on Tuesday, July 31. Part of the National Night Out program, the event will be held at the municipal complex (1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge) from 6-9 p.m.

Police officers will grill hot dogs and provide other snacks at no charge. There will also be entertainment with a DJ, games, contests, a petting zoo, bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, give-aways, and police demonstrations. Educational information will include displays on safety, fire, and first aid.

National Night Out was created in 1984. According to Jefferson police, the purpose is to heighten crime and drug awareness; generate support for (and participation in) local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

For more information about this free event, call the Jefferson Township police department’s Community Service Bureau at 973-208-6153 or visit

The official National Night Out 2018 flier. (Courtesy of the Jefferson Township Police Department)

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