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.

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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.

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