LOWER TOWNSHIP - National Night Out at Lower Cape May Regional High School tonight will include live music, classic cars, games, food, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, public safety displays and other events.

The Lower Township Police Department is inviting the public to the free event from 7 to 9 p.m. The township has been holding National Night Out events for three decades.

"National Night Out is a yearlong community-building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. It's designed to send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back," the township said in a statement.

Tonight's event will include live music from the band Kettle Three. There will be a rock climbing wall, a dunk-an-officer tank, a SWAT truck, Fantasy Extreme Cheerleaders, a face painter, Cape Classic cars and Jersey Cape Cruisers and a K-9 unit from the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

Lower Township police School Resource Officer Mike Perry said the event is a night for the Police Department to give back to the community and bring a crime-prevention message to neighborhoods. He said residents get to meet public safety personnel in a relaxed atmosphere. Local businesses and organizations will also be on hand, many of which will have items to give away.

"This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation," said Matt Peskin, a National Night Out coordinator.

National Night Out involves more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

Contact Richard Degener:

609-463-6711