Thousands of Morris County residents spent Tuesday evening getting to know officials at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and other local law enforcement officers at annual National Night Out events around the county.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office had tables at three National Night Out events in Morris Township, Rockaway and Butler. They were staffed by Detective Supervisor Keisha Higgs and Detectives Muhammad Thomas, Tom Spautz, Janine Buchalski, Martyna Ruminiska and Ramon Lopez. The detectives chatted with the public about their law enforcement role and distributed ceremonial badges and coloring books to children.
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante were on hand to meet and talk to attendees at Mennen Arena in Morris Township and also at a National Night Out event in Florham Park. Chief of Investigations John Speirs attended National Night Out events in Butler and Rockaway.
An array of law enforcement and service organizations were present at the Mennen Arena location, including the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County CARES, the Seeing Eye, and many local police departments. On display outside the arena were fire department equipment from around the county along with a New Jersey State Police rescue boat and pet assistance van.
National Night Out began in 1984 to foster better relations between police and the people they serve. It began with help from an already established network of law enforcement agencies and neighborhood watch groups. It has since grown into a truly national movement that enhances the need for residents to work with law enforcement to keep their neighborhoods safe. Today, an estimated 38 million people in 16,000 communities across the nation take part in National Night Out.
Prosecutor Knapp said, “National Night Out was a resounding success in Morris County. Our thanks to all law enforcement agencies and first responders who participated along with all service providers. It was especially rewarding to see so many young children attending and expressing interest in careers serving the public.”
For more information, contact Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack at [email protected] or (973) 829-8159.