Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The National Association of Town Watch has named Morris County’s 2008 National Night Out event a National Award Winner.

Morris County’s celebration of National Night Out in August was organized by the Morris County Park Police and the Morris County Park Commission, and drew several thousand people to the Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township for the free event.

Representatives from county fire and police departments, social service agencies and the county government were among the participants, educating those in attendance on the importance of crime, drug and fire prevention.

Free child ID cards, entertainment, food and ice skating were also provided.

Morris County was selected as one of 17 National Award Winners from among counties and cities with populations of 300,000 and above.

This is the second year in a row that Morris County’s event has been recognized.

Award criteria included the effectiveness of the overall campaign with particular attention to the uniqueness of the event and its attractions, the level of neighborhood participation, law enforcement involvement, and media coverage and promotion.