In the attached photograph, Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo and Hamilton resident John Paul Ricci help to “putt” crime in its place as part of Hamilton’s National Night Out held on August 3rd at the Hamilton Township Golf Center. Photograph courtesy of Hamilton Township.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Below is press advisory for Hamilton’s National Night Out
Hamilton Township and the Hamilton Police Division present the 27th Annual “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 3rd
Join Mayor John F. Bencivengo and Chief of Police James W. Collins as the community of Hamilton Township stands up against criminal activity and drug use.
Hamilton, New Jersey July 15, 2010 -- On Tuesday, August 3rd, Mayor John F. Bencivengo and Police Chief James W. Collins cordially invite neighborhoods throughout Hamilton to join thousands of communities nationwide for the “27th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event at the Hamilton Golf Center, 5 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., Way, from 5 pm to 7 pm. National Night Out 2010, themed “Putt Crime in its Place!,” will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 36 million people are expected to participate in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” on August 3rd. “A showing of solidarity between Hamilton’s residents and our Police Division against crime and drug use tells the bad guys loud and clear that they aren’t wanted in our town and we won’t tolerate it any longer” says Mayor John F. Bencivengo.
National Night Out is designed to:
· Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
· Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
· Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships
· Send a message to criminals by letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
From 5 pm to 7 pm on August 3rd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Hamilton and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with their neighbors in a show of solidarity and as an exhibit of community support against crime and illegal drug activity during our nation-wide National Night Out event.
During the event, residents can view displays from various departments within the Hamilton Police Division, including an interactive SWAT Team display, DARE/GREAT officers, Officer Friendly representatives, children’s fingerprinting, Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch, Crime Scene Investigators, Emergency Response Team and the Traffic Unit. Representatives from the Mercer County Sheriffs Canine Unit and Programs Unit, the Hamilton Township Animal Control Unit, Mercer County Prosecutors Unit, Colonial Firehouse and Nottingham Ambulance squad are also scheduled to attend. “National Night Out is a great opportunity for all Hamilton residents to interact firsthand with not only Hamilton Police Division personnel, but with other first responders from Hamilton and Mercer County. National Night Out is a wonderful way to build good relationships with the residents we serve every day. Without the trust of the residents and their help in reporting suspicious activity and crime, the bad guys win” added Chief of Police James W. Collins.
In addition to the informational displays, the first 250 children ages 12 and under will receive a complimentary coupon for a free round of miniature golf at the Hamilton Golf Center. In addition, the first 250 visitors of all ages will receive a free ice cream to enjoy during their visit. Residents should note the Hamilton Golf Center will still be open for regular activities during National Night Out.
For more information, contact Detective Steve Fabian at 581-4034 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.