National Night Out should be another success story

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 19, 2004

Local National Night Out organizers have big plans for this year’s event and it is hoped the community will once again fully support the effort.

Suffolk has placed nationally in its population category each year for putting on the best National Night Out show, and by the looks of things so far this year should be no exception.

National Night Out is a nationwide one-night rally where citizens and law enforcement join forces to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The evening is also for the community to get to know local police officers in the hope of forming bonds that will make their neighborhoods an even safer place to live.


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This year’s theme is &uot;National Night Out is in the Business of Crime Prevention,&uot; calling attention to the important role that business play in crime prevention.

This year, many Suffolk businesses will be displaying children’s artwork associated with the theme. Prizes will be awarded and local businesses are encouraged to get on board and pony up for prizes.

Coloring sheets will be published in the News-Herald.

Other events scheduled include July 17 citywide sidewalk sale, an exhibition by the police department’s new K-9 unit and a motorcycle exhibition.

Police will also be on hand at the July 31 Care Fair at John F. Kennedy Middle School to rally support for the Aug. 3 Night Out event.

Suffolk’s successful Night Out program is a source of pride for the police and the community. In addition, national statistics show that crime is back on the rise so it’s more important than ever for our community to project a united front against it.

Any business interested in helping make this year’s event the best ever can contact the Community Improvement Unit at 923-4744.