On Tuesday, August 4 from 5-9pm at Church Square Park, Chief Kenneth Ferrante and the Hoboken Police Department will host their annual National Night Out—a nationwide event that allows the community to express appreciation to public safety officials, and encourage citizen participation in neighborhood safety.
The evening’s events will include:
- 5:30 pm “Jaws of Life” demonstration by the Hoboken Fire Department
- 6:00 pm Plaque dedication to Jayden Thomas O’Connor’s family
- 7:00 pm Performance by Maddy Bowes
- 8:15 pm Performance from Fire Dance Squad
- 103.5 KTU – Beat of NY
- Red Bulls Street team
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Face painting, balloon animals and raffling off prizes from local business
This year, HPD will dedicate the night in memory of Jayden Thomas O’Connor, the grandson of retired Hoboken Police Officer Thomas O’Connor. He unfortunately succumbed to an uncommon disease, Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (S.C.I.D.) on June 14, 2015 at 18 months of age. In remembrance, HPD will present a plaque to his family at the event.
In addition to the participation of various police agencies, several local businesses will be out in full support of this night out against crime. Additionally, there will also be bounce houses and water slides and other entertainment for children. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.
The National Night Out event is celebrated by over 37 million participants and over 16,000 communities across the United States.