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Today: Police to Hold First-Ever National Night Out Event

The event, celebrated across the country, is aimed at community policing and crime prevention in neighborhoods.

In an effort to boost residents’ involvement in community policing, the is holding its first National Night Out today.

Held on this date across the country, National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that promotes neighborhood spirit.

Public Safety Director Michael P. King brought up the idea to the department whose officers are helping plan the event.

“We want to make sure everybody is aware of what’s going on in their neighborhood,” said Officer Michael Czarzasty.

has been at the forefront of the past few years, serving as head of the and the .

This year’s theme for National Night Out in Cinnaminson is safety. Township police officers and local businesses will be on hand to give out safety advice.

“We want to talk to [the residents],” Czarzasty said. “It’s to make people more away of what’s going on in their community. And hopefully get to know people in the area.”

Representatives from will be there to show residents their new products such as safes and door locks. Finishline Auto Salon will have vehicle security and safety items. The police will have information on .

Czarzasty said there will be a community policing table set up to show residents what programs are already in place in the township.

Other vendors include , and  who will be providing food. A shaved ice will truck will be there also. Other businesses involved will be Target, , and more.

The event is also family-oriented and face painting and an inflatable obstacle course and slide will be set up for kids. Raffles, giveaways and music are also scheduled. , will give a demonstration.

The will also be there and child safety seat inspections will be conducted.

Last year, more than 15,000 communities nationwide participated in National Night Out, the 29th annual event.

Director King said he wants this to turn into a yearly event.

“Cinnaminson Police plan to be a part of this national event for many years to come,” King said in a recent release.

After this year, King and Czarzasty said they want to be out in the neighborhoods.

“There are some neighbors who secure themselves,” Czarzasty said. “Some people have no idea what is going on in Cinnaminson. The more knowledge you can give a person to prevent crime, the better.”

National Night Out will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., today. The event will be held behind the police station in the parking lot that connects the station, the  in the . 

FbS July 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM
very nice.. This will be a nice event in town.. We will be there
Linda DiMassimo July 24, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I think this will be a great event. It hopefully will be a time where we can meet some our officers that we don't know. Frank I had to reAd it again, it says behind the the police station and library .
Ric July 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
This is a good idea. Hopefully the interaction between residents and police will help eradicate some home town drug sellers.
Chip July 24, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Great idea!!! Let's tell our friends and neighbors so that our town has a terrific turnout.
Zuzu July 25, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I think this is a great idea. They should invite a company like CPS Computers to participate as well. They could be on hand to talk about internet security and safety.
FRAN HORN July 25, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Great idea . I hope that the police department is prepared to talk about pedestrian and bike safety on our streets.
Linda DiMassimo July 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Both my father and I have used CPS and have been ripped off by them. Microsoft had a law suit against them. I would rather see AAA comp svc on rte 130, who I trust 100%.
Jim Ortega July 25, 2012 at 04:03 PM
AAA Computer Service Center is a community business that serves the Cinnaminson area for longer than any IT company in Cinnaminson and is involve in many aspects of Computer Securities, and they own property in Cinnaminson and would be happy to participate.
cinnacide August 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
stop snitchin
Cinnacide August 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I like your name, where did you get it?
Linda DiMassimo August 06, 2012 at 10:51 PM
What does that have do with anything?

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