Editorial – National Night Out almost here

Published 5:15 pm Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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Suffolk’s most visible, united stand against crime is less than a week away.

National Night Out takes place Tuesday in locations across the city, with more than 100 communities, homeowners’ associations, civic organizations, neighborhoods, churches and businesses partnering to help say “no” to crime.

The idea behind National Night Out is that if folks get outside and get to know their neighbors and local law enforcement officials, they will be stronger at fighting crime together and will present a united front against crime. Any criminal who’s casing a neighborhood might think twice — not only for that night but also for the future — if he sees a bunch of neighbors outside.

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National Night Out has evolved over the course of many years in Suffolk. Some of the celebrations still look much like they once did, with a few neighbors sitting around outside and sharing refreshments. Some celebrations have grown exponentially, like the one that takes place at King’s Fork Middle School and involves a number of surrounding neighborhoods with lots of food, entertainment and activities for the youngsters.

But the core value of National Night Out remains the same, and that’s to fight crime through better police-community partnerships and better relationships among neighbors.

We urge folks in Suffolk to get involved in one of their local celebrations. Most start around 5:30 or 6 p.m. and go until 8 or 9 p.m. 

If you want a great overview of what National Night Out is all about, the send-off event is set for 5:00 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at Suffolk City Hall, 442 W. Washington St.

Mayor Michael D. Duman, City Manager Al Moor, Police Chief Alfred Chandler and Fire Chief Michael Barakey will be among the dignitaries present to help kick start the evening’s fun.

Following the ceremony, tour groups in seven motorcade units will venture out across the City of Suffolk to visit the registered parties and enjoy the NNO fun. To find a community party near you, visit the “Where The Parties Are!” tab at suffolknno.com.

Suffolk has celebrated National Night Out for nearly two decades and a number of times has placed first in the nation in its population category. In other words, our town knows how to do it right.

So lock up and head out for some fun and community service Tuesday. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did.


Editor’s note: Updated seventh passage at 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, July 26 to reflect accuracy.