Communities across South Jersey planned to come together the evening of Aug. 4 for National Night Out, an annual event intended to foster a closer relationship between local police departments, first responders and community leaders and the people they serve.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many departments to cancel or postpone their events. 

National Night Out, held annually the first Tuesday in August, has grown since 1984, when it drew 2.5 million people across 400 communities in 23 states, according to the national campaign’s website. Currently, 38 million people in 16,000 communities across the nation take part in the event.

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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