Despite some inclement weather, the City of Bayonne celebrated their 35th annual National Night Out by trying to strengthen neighborhood unity and police-community partnerships last night.Â
By Katherine Guest/Hudson County View
Hundreds of community members and leaders came together in a more informal, yet still family friendly setting during this year’sÂ event, which was hosted on Broadway between 21st Street and 23rd Streets from about 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Some featured entertainment included: free popcorn stands, free ice cream, moon bounces, various giveaway items, music by DJ Jose, displays from local organizations and other activities aimed to please children and their parents.
Participating agencies who organized the event were the Bayonne Police Department and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone/Special Improvement District.
New Bayonne Police Chief, Robert Geisler, who recently replaced Drew Sisk, said National Night Out gives a chance to “establish a [lasting] relationship between the police department and the community so in the future [they can] work together and build a stronger relationship.”
Various public safety agencies including, Luxe Auto, McCabe Ambulance, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department displayed their vehicles to educate the community in a lighthearted space.
Additionally, several non-profit organizations participated, while local private sectors within the city helped sponsor the community occasion that has grown extensively over the years.
â€œNational Night Out is a great event that promotes safer neighborhoods and police-community partnerships across America. I would like to invite the people of Bayonne to join with the Bayonne Police Department on National Night Out, and to work with the police against crime throughout the year,â€ Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement issued last week.