Suffolk wins NNO award

Published 10:43 pm Friday, January 18, 2013

McGruff the Crime Dog and Nat Knight take a moment to mug for the camera during last year’s National Night Out celebration in Suffolk. The city received a top-five award for its 2012 NNO neighborhood events from the National Association of Crime Watch.

Suffolk has received yet another honor for its highly lauded efforts to organize residents of the city against crime during the annual National Night Out crime-, drug- and gang-prevention event.

Suffolk finished in the top five in the nation in its population category after judging by the National Association of Crime Watch for the 29th annual National Night Out, according to city officials.

This is the seventh year in a row that Suffolk has won an award for its participation in the event, celebrated by police and citizens in 15,000 communities located in all 50 U.S. states and territories and in Canadian cities and military bases around the world.

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Dozens of events were held in neighborhoods all around the city on Aug. 7 as part of the National Night Out commemoration.

National Night Out in Suffolk has proven to be a favorite community event, according to Suffolk spokesperson Diana Klink, who stated in an email that this year’s event had brought together more than 60 neighborhoods, businesses, civic leagues and churches that “shared their commitment to building a safer, more caring city.”

Suffolk was the only Hampton Roads city to place nationally, and the highest-ranking city or county in the entire state of Virginia as judged by the National Association of Town Watch.

National Night Out will be celebrated this year on Aug. 6. To learn more about the event, visit or the city of Suffolk’s website at

For more information or to find out how you or your organization can get involved, contact Diana Klink at 514-4104.