The City of Suffolk’s National Night Out Event brings out the best in our City’s citizens, neighborhoods, civic groups, businesses, City employees, and City public safety personnel. The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) awarded Suffolk’s 2014 National Night Out Celebration with their top national honor among communities with a population of 50,000 to 99,000 residents (Category 3). This award marks the third time the City of Suffolk has been first in the nation (2008, 2009, and 2014) and the 9th 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 and one of only two Hampton Roads Cities/Counties to place Nationally (Smithfield, Virginia - Number 33 in Category 5).
Annual National Night Out 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, this annual event involves over 37 million people in 10,000 communities in 50 states, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
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