Throughout the summer and culminating on the night of Tuesday, August 7, 2018, citizens of Suffolk are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities worldwide for the 35rd Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), and co-sponsored locally by the Suffolk Police Department, will involve millions people in over 16,000 communities across the United States, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
National Night Out is designed to:
• heighten crime prevention awareness;
• generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts;
• strengthen neighborhood unity and spirit, as well as enhance police - community partnerships;
• send a message to criminals, letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
August 7th will be a night that citizens across America can send a powerful message about neighborhood unity, awareness, safety and police-community partnerships. Join us and let criminals know that Suffolk truly is united and dedicated to building a safer, more caring city!
Residents in neighborhoods across the city are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Why not schedule a neighborhood cookout, softball game, "flashlight parade," ice cream social, watermelon-eating contest or block party to celebrate? You're only limited by your imagination!
It takes a neighborhood working together to make a difference. Looking out for one another, locking our homes and vehicles to avoid becoming a crime victim, keeping our communities clean, and saying NO to crime makes a difference. Help us keep that wonderful citizen involvement in full swing 365 days a year so that our neighborhoods can reap the rewards. By working together, we can drive home the message that crime won't have a home in our neighborhoods.
The event is truly a citywide effort that grows larger each year with community members, agencies and corporate partners including the Suffolk Police Department, Suffolk Fire & Rescue, Suffolk Sheriff's Office, Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Department of Media & Community Relations, Department of Parks & Recreation, Suffolk Public Utilities, Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk Public Schools, Western Tidewater Regional Jail, Department of Tourism, Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authorities, and Sentara Obici Hospital among the many participants committing their time, effort and resources to the events.