WALL TOWNSHIP — The community came together on Tuesday, Aug. 1 for National Night out at the Wall Township Police Department [WTPD]. According to Ptl. Jack Gramlich, who was tasked with putting the event together for the WTPD, National Night Out is a nationwide event where police stations host their respective communities on the first Tuesday each August. “The idea behind it is to build on positive relations with people in the township, and have mostly children, but any member of the community, interact with police departments and police officers in a positive light, which is more important now than ever,” Ptl. Gramlich said. Events included a K-9 demonstration; music by DJ Jersey Joe; a performance of the 2017 Wall Idol, Sophia Patruno, 14, of Wall; car seat inspections; a kids’ obstacle course; public safety information and registration; vehicle displays and tours, as well as several other fun activities. According to Ptl. Gramlich, the department also hosted demonstrations geared towards safety. “We emphasize bicycle safety with a bike rodeo, we do a fatal-vision drunk driving simulation with fatal-vision goggles that simulate being drunk, and then we have a lot of other community organizations come out.” Among the organizations in attendance were the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry, The Samaritan Center of the Jersey Shore, Wall Fire Prevention, as well as several emergency service organizations.
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