Recognition deserved, not expected

Published 10:23 pm Friday, August 26, 2016

They didn’t participate for the recognition.

Still, a slew of awards given by Suffolk officials to some of those who took part in this year’s National Night Out celebration were a nice touch and a fine way to honor those who helped Suffolk throw yet another successful Night Out event this year.

National Night Out is a crime-fighting event that promotes community partnerships with law enforcement. It took place on Aug. 2, and communities were judged by volunteers on their activities, publicity and more.

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The activities ranged from full-on block parties with entertainment, cookouts, speeches and even a “Unity Walk” to simpler, smaller community observances where neighbors played a little cornhole while waiting for the hamburgers to cook on the grill.

Whether big or small, elaborate or simple, National Night Out is a great way for the community to come together to show its support for the police department and to learn how to join law enforcement in the effort to fight crime.

The rewards come in announcements like the one Chief Thomas Bennett provided during the program — crime has decreased 8 percent this year over the same period last year, which is an even greater improvement from the 5-percent decrease he had announced at the National Night Out kickoff ceremony.

Award winners announced during a special celebration at City Hall on Thursday included: Suffolk Barber and Beauty, honorable mention; U.S. Army, business; Harbour Breeze Lifestyle Apartments, Rookie of the Year; Hollywood/Jericho Civic League, second-place community; Burbage Grant Neighborhood Watch, first-place community; Greater Oakland/Chuckatuck Civic League, second-place combined community; National Night Out at Obici, first-place combined community; and Cusi Hamlin, Spirit Award.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all who were involved in making this another successful National Night Out.