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National Night Out puts personal face on policing


National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by towns and police departments. The free Aug. 2 event involves more than 16,540 U.S. and Canadian communities, as well as military bases, with more than 38.3 million people expected to participate. It is meant to raise crime- and drug-prevention awareness, boost local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and let criminals know neighborhoods are fighting back.


ATLANTIC CITY: 4-8 p.m. at Pop Lloyd Stadium, 1200 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Demonstrations, exhibits, information booths, activities.

BRIGANTINE: 6-9 p.m. at the 25th Street Ballfield with food, demonstrations and a family movie. 

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP: 5-8 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park. Live music, food, games and fireworks at dusk.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP: 6-9 p.m. at the Municipal Complex. Fire department demos, Drug Enforcement Agency, crime prevention, Explorers, Major Crimes, EMS, FBI, Go Green Galloway, New Jersey Forest Fire Service, K-9 demo, crafts, giveaways and more than 100 vendors. All proceeds from food sales benefit the event.