Borough residents are encouraged to turn on the lights, lock the doors, and spend the evening with their neighbors next week at the annual National Night Out, an event aimed at preventing crime and drug use.
On Aug. 6 from 6 to 10 p.m., law enforcement and emergency agencies will be in the Pompton Lakes High School parking lot to give demonstrations of their equipment and help residents learn more about preventing crime.
"The Passaic County Sheriff's Department - with either their horses, dogs, or both - and the local police and fire departments, and ambulance squads will all be there," said Pompton Lakes police Capt. William Baig. "We'll have puppet shows for the kids and different types of foods."
Although the borough block party has been held on various streets over the last five years, the high school is now the designated location for the event. Crime watch groups will also attend.
This is the 19th National Night Out, with more than 9,400 communities in the United States, Canada, cities, U.S. territories, and military bases around the world participating. The purpose is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate participation in anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood and police partnerships.
For information on the Pompton Lakes event, which will be held rain or shine, call (973) 835-0400.