The rains held off to create a perfect summer evening for the Jefferson Township Police Department’s annual National Night Out at the municipal complex. The event on August 6 featured displays, demonstrations, food, animals, and fun – all to bring out the community and raise awareness of crime and drug prevention.

In addition to police officers, onsite were members of the Office of Emergency Management, Fire Companies 1 and 2, Milton First Aid Squad, Jefferson Township Rescue Squad, Community Emergency Response Team, Department of Public Works, JT Connect, Municipal Alliance Committee, Jefferson Township Education Association, JCP&L, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts.

DJ Earl kept the music playing and entertained the kids with games. Other popular attractions were pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce castle, and basketball hoop games.

Firefighters had set up a children’s obstacle course replicating real-life scenarios they navigate on fire calls. Police officers provided a firearms demonstration at the shooting range using targets from cans to watermelons. Children (of all ages) could see and visit various vehicles including Department of Public Works machinery, fire trucks, and ambulances.

All activities and treats were offered free to the public – including 450 hot dogs! The evening brought the community out and together with positive messaging.

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