National Night Out Banners To Be Repurposed

National Night Out 2019 is a pleasant memory for many of our citizens and public safety professionals, but the fun and festivities associated with the night of Tuesday, August 6th will continue – even if in another format! 

The Suffolk Public Works Litter Control Office, in partnership with the Suffolk Art League and Keep Suffolk Beautiful, will be working with volunteers to repurpose the dozens of eye-catching red, white and blue National Night Out banners that were all over the City into useful artist’s smocks and plant pots.  Upon completion, the artist’s smocks, in one size fits all youth and adult sizes, and plant pots will then be made available to local organizations upon request while supplies last.

The project will be extended to incorporate future banners after their use publicizing City events, including the widely popular Parks & Recreation T.G.I.F. Concerts, and more! 

If interested in volunteering to create these useful projects that also eliminate adding items to our landfill, or if you are affiliated with a group that would benefit from their use, please contact Wayne Jones, Litter Control Coordinator, at 514-7604, or Linda Bunch, Executive Director of the Suffolk Art League, at 925-0448. 

Remember, recycling turns things into other things, which is like magic!


Suffolk Brings Home Top National Night Out Honors

For the fifth time in ten years, the City of Suffolk’s National Night Out event was named best in the nation among communities with a population of 50,000 to 100,000 residents by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Suffolk’s 2018 edition of National Night Out saw thousands of individual citizens, neighborhoods, civic groups, businesses, City employees, and City public safety personnel gather to celebrate and say no to crime.  

The City of Suffolk had previously received the number one ranking in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016. This is the 13th straight year the City of Suffolk has placed in the top 5 in the nation for National Night Out. Suffolk is also the highest ranking City/County in the State of Virginia. 

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.  This event enhances the relationships between neighbors and first responders while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. 

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NNO 2018 An Overwhelming Success!

Thanks for Your Hard Work!

National Night Out 2018 was another banner year for the City of Suffolk, and it was evident that the Community Coordinators pulled out all the stops to make this our biggest celebration ever!

So that we can share your National Night Out memories and include them in our submission to the National Association of Town Watch for award consideration, please follow this link https://cityofsuffolk.smugmug.com/upload/df8kMh/NNO2018 to upload photos from your event to the City of Suffolk National Night Out 2018 Community Portal.

We’re in the process of updating our website www.suffolknno.com to reflect this amazing community event where we all got to be everyone’s neighbor as we gave crime in Suffolk “A Going Away Party”!

Please mark your calendars for our NNO Awards & Appreciation Ceremony on Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber, 442 West Washington Street.  A formal invitation will also be provided.

Once again, thank you for your hard work and dedication in making this year’s National Night Out celebration an overwhelming success!


Diana L. Klink
Director, Media & Community Relations
Chairman –National Night Out 2018 Committee


Check out what Nat Knight and his BFF (Best Furry Friend) McGruff have been up to as they get ready to celebrate National Night Out.  They’ve been practicing their dance moves as part of the Suffolk Police Department’s Lip Sync Challenge Video: