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SUFFOLK BRINGS HOME TOP NATIONAL NIGHT OUT HONORS

(December 5, 2018)  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. 

National Night Out 2019 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more information on Suffolk’s National Night Out events, visit www.suffolknno.com or www.facebook.com/SuffolkVaNNO.


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DOWNTOWN MURAL REMINDS CITIZENS TO

LOCK IT, DON'T LOSE IT

(August 23, 2018)   A well-known quotes states, “If a picture paints a thousand words”, however, when it comes to the community mural now on display in front of Suffolk Police Headquarters, Officers want citizens to remember and practice these five important words:  Lock It, Don’t Lose It. 

Located on West Washington Street in front of Suffolk Police Headquarters at 111 Henley Place, the16-foot-long community mural was painted at the National Night Out at Obici & Health Fair event on August 7th at King’s Fork Middle School.  The project, a partnership involving the Suffolk Art League, SPARC, and Keep Suffolk Beautiful, invited citizens to add their handiwork to the mural highlighting the Lock It, Don’t Lose It message along with a thank you card of sorts to first responders depicting a police car, fire engine and ambulance painted by local youth.  You can check out the fun via a time-lapse video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lXG70AGezA.

Linda Bunch, Executive Director of the Suffolk Art League and a member of SPARC, noted, “The mural project has been really fun and brought together public and private groups with public participation.  We hope the National Night Out mural will help remind people to keep their possessions safe while also adding a bit of fun to the downtown landscape.  We invite everyone to wander around downtown and find the other murals representing different areas of our City.”

Sharing his thoughts, Wayne Jones, Suffolk’s Litter Control Coordinator and member of Keep Suffolk Beautiful, added, “We had over 50 children and adults take part, with some of the children as young as 4-years-old.  Lots more people stopped by and enjoyed watching.  It was a great night!”

Suffolk Police challenge everyone to lock up, whether your car or your home, as noted in their video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9kbwPmiw7g&feature=youtu.be, and remind you these few seconds not only helps you and your family avoid becoming a victim of crime, but also helps the entire neighborhood.


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SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY

AWARDS PRESENTED

(August 22, 2018)   While Suffolk’s National Night Out event may have come and gone, the spirit of the partnership between the citizens of Suffolk and public safety personnel lives on. National Night Out is a national event celebrated in Suffolk with a main goal of bringing people together in an effort to eliminate crime. Suffolk’s National Night Out festivities saw the involvement of over 150 communities, civic leagues, homeowner’s associations, apartment and condominium complexes, churches, fraternal organizations and business partners to hold neighborhood socials, cookouts, block parties, and various types of gatherings to ”Give Crime a Going Away Party”.

The City of Suffolk National Night Out Community Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, August 21st. During this event, all participating communities were recognized and special awards honoring the “best of the best” from across Suffolk were presented.

Honorable Mention

Olde Mill Creek Community

Rookie of the Year

The combined groups including Belleville Widows & Orphans Home (BWOH), Temple Beth El, The Belleville Experience/Bell-X held at Belleville Meadows Apartments

Top Business

Sentara Obici Hospital

Best Community

1st Place – Burbage Grant Neighborhood Watch

2nd Place – West End/Lakeside

Best Combined Community

1st Place – Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority (SRHA)- including Hoffler, Cypress Manor, Parker Riddick, Colander Bishop and Chorey Park Apartments

2nd Place – South Suffolk/Pleasant Hill Civic Association

Official National Night Out Grand Finale Site Awards

National Night Out at Obici & Health Fair – held at King’s Fork Middle School, the event was on the scale of a mini State Fair, including free health screenings courtesy of Sentara Obici Hospital, an abundance of activities for all ages including several bounce houses, a petting zoo, a plethora of costumed super heroes including Nat Knight, McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky – Suffolk Fire & Rescue’s mascot, Zumba demonstrations provided by the Suffolk YMCA,  Suffolk’s very own national award winning Peanut City Cloggers, live entertainment including local radio personalities, an art island courtesy of the Suffolk Art League with a 16’ community mural painted by citizens and children focusing on the Suffolk Police Department’s theme of “Lock It...Don’t Lose It”, a recycling project to benefit an upcoming Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts project, and wonderful resources and outreach by Suffolk Public Schools as the new school year shortly gets underway, just to name a few!  A crowd favorite, the King’s Fork Marching Band kept everyone entertained all night long! More than one hundred sponsoring businesses, fraternal organizations, local churches and volunteers were part of this amazing event which attracted approximately 4,400 appreciative attendees! 

Greater Oakland & Chuckatuck Civic League - held at and with the assistance of Suffolk Fire & Rescue Station 9 – Chuckatuck.  This event continued their nine year tradition with an excellent response by the local community.  Organizers wanted students to start the new school year on the right track and provided a free school supply giveaway.  There was an abundance of activities for all ages, displays, delicious food and fun for the entire family! 

Spirit Award

Marianne Walston, Director-Critical & Intermediate Care Sentara Obici Hospital, Team Organizer and Co-Chair of the National Night Out at Obici & Health Fair Committee

The City of Suffolk placed second in the Nation in our population category in 2017, continuing our award-winning tradition making this the 12th straight year that we’ve finished in the top 5 nationally.  We were first in the Nation in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016.  This year’s event was the largest to date, and the National Association of Town Watch will be making their announcement later this fall as it relates to award winners across the thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.


SUFFOLK POLICE ISSUE CHALLENGE TO CITIZENS

FOLLOWING LIP SYNC VIDEO

 

(August 17, 2018)   The Suffolk Police Department has issued a challenge of its own to the citizens of Suffolk following the national hype regarding public safety lip sync videos.

Since they originally posted their lip sync challenge video on City of Suffolk Facebook and YouTube on August 3, 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcBVdh5zjKk, the video has been viewed almost 300,000 times. 

Their new video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9kbwPmiw7g&feature=youtu.be, challenges citizens to “Lock It…Don’t Lose It” to help them avoid becoming a victim of crime.  

Thefts from vehicles are a problem across our City and in Hampton Roads.  In the overwhelming majority of these instances the vehicles had been left unlocked and could have been easily prevented by taking just a few seconds to click a button.    This is a problem not only for those who were unfortunate enough to have their cars entered and ransacked, but also for the neighborhoods as a whole.  These incidents also have a direct effect on overall crime statistics. 

There are 3 main reasons why residents should always lock their car doors:

1) Loss of valuables is the most obvious reason to lock your door.  Thieves look for crimes of opportunity and prime targets are unlocked vehicles with GPS devices and electronics, cell phones, jewelry, weapons, money and other valuables in plain sight.  In some cases, keys to vehicles have also been left inside resulting in the theft of the vehicle.   

2) Possible entry to your home.  If you leave your doors unlocked with a set of house keys or garage door opener in the glove compartment, it could be easy for the thieves to possibly enter your home, and you could become further victimized. 

3) Do it for the neighborhood.  While the Suffolk Police Department is happy to know that people feel secure in their neighborhoods, they stress that public safety is a shared responsibility.  If we tend to keep our cars or homes unlocked, word gets around and this is an open invitation for possible future crime. 

Suffolk Police challenge everyone to lock up, whether your car or your home. Do it not only for yourself and your family, but also for the neighborhood.


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SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY AWARDS &

APPRECIATION CEREMONY SCHEDULED

(August 13, 2018)  The City of Suffolk National Night Out Community Awards & Appreciation Ceremony is set for Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, located in Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington Street.  Celebrated on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Suffolk’s National Night Out festivities saw over 150 communities, civic leagues, churches and businesses partner together to hold cookouts, block parties, and various types of gatherings to say “No to Crime”.

All participating communities will receive certificates recognizing their hard work in helping make this year’s National Night Out an overwhelming success. The ceremony will also recognize the best of the best from across Suffolk. Awards include best individual community, best combined community, best supporting business, rookie of the year and more.

Suffolk’s theme for 2018 was “Lock It …Don’t Lose It”. This campaign was designed to remind citizens of one of the easiest things they can do to avoid becoming a crime victim, not to mention a step they can take that also has a direct impact on our overall crime statistics.  The three main reasons why residents should always lock their car doors are:

1) Loss of valuables is the most obvious reason to lock your door.  Thieves look for crimes of opportunity and prime targets are unlocked vehicles with GPS devices and electronics, cell phones, jewelry, weapons, money and other valuables in plain sight. 

2) Possible entry to your home.  If you leave your doors unlocked with a set of house keys or garage door opener in the glove compartment, it could be easy for the thieves to possibly enter your home, and you could become further victimized. 

3) Do it for the neighborhood.  While the Suffolk Police Department is happy to know that people feel secure in their neighborhoods, they stress that public safety is a shared responsibility.  If we tend to keep our cars or homes unlocked, word gets around and this is an open invitation for possible future crime.  

Suffolk has placed first in the Nation four times for National Night Out (2008, 2009, 2014, and 2016) and has finished in the top five in the Nation for twelve straight years, including a second place finish in 2015 and 2017 for our population category.

National Night Out is a national event which strengthens relationships between the public and public safety agencies. The main goal of National Night Out is to bring people together in an effort to eliminate crime.



SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - A TIME FOR COMMUNITY

(July 31, 2018) It is that special time of year where Suffolk citizens and public safety personnel take time to celebrate National Night Out. Tuesday, August 7th is the day nationally recognized for National Night Out and the evening where everyone joins together to say “NO” to crime and to strengthen their bonds within their communities.

Over 150 communities, homeowner’s associations, civic organizations, neighborhoods, churches and business sponsors are partnering to make this year’s event extra special with block parties, cook-outs, and mini-festivals covering the landscape of Suffolk.

Suffolk’s National Night Out opens with a Kick-Off event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall, 442 West Washington Street. Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson, Police Chief Thomas Bennett, and Fire Chief Ed Taylor will be among the dignitaries to help start the evening’s fun.

Following the ceremony, tour groups in nine motorcade units will venture out across the City of Suffolk to visit the registered parties and enjoy the NNO fun happening in our City.

To find a community party near you, visit the Suffolk National Night Out website at www.suffolknno.com. Suffolk finished second in the nation in 2017 in our population category and we are out to add to our four first place finishes in national judging with a strong showing this year.

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 of people in tens of thousands communities across the United States, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is designed to:

• heighten crime, drug and violence 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.

Lock your doors, turn on your porch lights, and join your friends and neighbors on Tuesday, August 7th to show that Suffolk truly is united and dedicated to building a safer, more caring City!


SUFFOLK NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DUCK PLUCK

(July 19, 2018)   It’s time to “Pluck a Duck” at the Suffolk National Night Out Duck Pluck! The event replaces the Annual National Night Out Duck Race and will be held in conjunction with Suffolk Parks & Recreation’s second half of the T.G.I.F. Summer Concert series.  The event will take place on Friday, July 20th at Bennett’s Creek Park, located at 3000 Bennetts Creek Park Road.  It will be a Friday night of free fun for the entire family from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. as attendees can shake their tail feathers to the sounds of The Deloreans, one of Virginia’s favorite 80’s show bands that play all the mega-hits from the new wave, pop and rock scene of that decade.

Visit the onsite National Night Out tent for your free Duck Pluck ticket and during the band’s first break we will “pluck” a numbered rubber duck from the pool. If the number on your ticket matches the number on the duck, you will win great National Night Out and summer-themed prizes. Concert-goers can also learn more about Suffolk’s National Award Winning National Night Out festivities or find out where the closest party to them will be on Tuesday, August 7th.  There will also be giveaways for all youth that visit the National Night Out tent.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

For more information about National Night Out in Suffolk, call Diana Klink at 757.514.4104, or visit www.suffolknno.com


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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT COMMUNITY KICK-OFF MEETING

(June 15, 2018) If your civic league, homeowner’s association, neighborhood watch group, business or church hasn’t already started plans to get involved with National Night Out this year, the time to act is NOW!   

A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 442 West Washington Street.  Groups will be able to officially sign-up to be included in this year’s festivities to give crime in Suffolk a “going away party”, door prizes will be awarded, and attendees will hear firsthand from public safety officials the importance of police-community partnerships. 

The National Association of Town Watch’s (NATW) 35th Annual "National Night Out" (NNO) program enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement under positive circumstances while bringing back a true sense of community. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.  This year’s celebration will take place on Tuesday, August 7th.  

Thanks to the hard work of the entire community, Suffolk’s 2017 National Night Out activities received 2nd Place in the Nation in our Population Category following judging by the National Association of Town Watch, making this the 12th straight year that Suffolk has finished in the Top 5 nationally, and ranking us the highest placing City or County in Virginia in their judging categories.  Suffolk was 1st Place in the Nation in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016 – with the assistance of our citizens Suffolk can make this year’s National Night Out celebration the biggest and best ever! 


Suffolk National Night Out Honored On A National Level

(December 7, 2017) Suffolk’s annual National Night Out celebration is a great measure for what a community event should be. While residents, businesses, public safety personnel, and City staff know how special Suffolk’s event is, it is a mark of community pride when we are recognized nationally. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) awarded Suffolk a second place national honor among communities with a population of 50,000 to 100,000 residents.

The 2017 Suffolk National Night Out celebration featured communities, neighbors, civic groups, and businesses joining together to say no to crime. Suffolk has ranked first in the nation in our category in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016. This is the 12th 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.

In the individual neighborhood/community category, National Night Out Obici was one of just eight in the nation to receive an award and recognition for their event.

On the first Tuesday night of every August, neighborhoods all across Suffolk's 430 square miles join forces with thousands of communities for the Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime, drug, and gang awareness event. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Suffolk Police Department, millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October).

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

National Night Out 2018 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018. For more information on Suffolk’s National Night Out events, visit www.suffolknno.com or www.facebook.com/SuffolkVaNNO