HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — It’s that time of year again! Local first-responders are hosting their annual National Night Out event.
What is National Night Out?
NNO is an event that is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities.
These programs can include police efforts to prevent drug-related crimes, increase neighborhood watch culture and other “anti-crime” efforts.
Officers go into their local communities to spread the word about the programs and have a little fun!
This means anywhere from backyard cookouts, live music and other activities that vary depending on the city.
10 On Your Side invited police chiefs from cities across Hampton Roads to stop by our Portsmouth studios to talk about this year’s National Night Out event in their communities!
National Night Out Events per City
Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene told WAVY News 10, “This year, we have 23 National Night Out events… it’s a chance for officers to engage with the community.” The citywide community events are happening from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on August 6. For more information, contact C.E.D./Crime Prevention at 757-393-8092
Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said ice cream, hamburgers, and hotdogs will be available at their NNO event. You can watch the full interview below with Chief Drew below. Neighborhoods throughout the city are participating in the 36th Annual National Night Out. There will be a kick-off event at 4 p.m. on August 6 at the Newport News Police Headquarters at 9710 Jefferson Avenue, in the community room.
Williamsburg Police Chief Sean Dunn said the event is about fun, friendships, and building those relationships. There is a new location this year: 1430 Richmond Road – beside the Plaza Azteca. The family-friendly event will have food, music from WMBG “The Burg” 93.5, informational displays and games. The event is hosted by the Williamsburg Police Department and is August 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Chesapeake Police Chief Kelvin Wright said he loves going to these events and seeing the officers interact with the citizens. This year’s National Night Out is taking place Tuesday, August 6.
The South Norfolk Historic District is hosting an event from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park, located at 1441 Bainbridge Blvd.
Meanwhile, the Deep Creek Ruritan Club is hosting a hot dog cookout with informational tables for the community from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Soccer Fields in the 100 block of North George Washington Hwy. A community awards ceremony will start at 6 p.m.
Another 20 neighborhoods are participating with private neighborhood events. If you have questions about your neighborhoods involvement call 757-382-6189.
Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone told 10 On Your Side “What I hope to gain is citizen input just like we’ve experienced in the past.” National Night Out is August 6 this year. In Norfolk, the event is being held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. behind P.B. Young Elementary School.
Suffolk Police Chief Thomas Bennett says over 60 events will be going on that night throughout the city. Suffolk’s National Night Out opens with a Kick-Off event scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at Suffolk City Hall and ends with a big event at King’s Fork High School. To find a community party near you, visit the Suffolk National Night Out website www.suffolknno.com. By the way, Suffolk finished first in the nation in 2018 in the population category.
Tune into WAVY News at 4 p.m. from now until the National Night Out event on August 6 to see more chats with local police chiefs.
Other local National Night Out events:
On August 6 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., the Poquoson Police Department will host its first National Night Out at Municipal Park (site of the Poquoson Seafood Festival). The block party with feature free food, music, bounce houses, games, exhibits, safety demonstrations and a display of public safety vehicles.
Isle of Wight
This year, Isle of Wight County National Night Out will be held at two locations: The Nest 17 Apartments in Carrollton and Camptown Park in Franklin. The event, which the Sheriff’s Office says is a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances, is August 6 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
There is a long list of communities participating in this year’s National Night Out in Virginia Beach. Click here for the complete list.
1st Precinct: Landstown Lakes / Meadows / Lynnhaven Woods / Rollingwood HOA / Scarborough Square
2nd Precinct: Eastwind Apartments / Great Neck Meadows / Joint Base Little Creek/ Fort StoryLa Tapatia Two / Lynnhaven Dunes / Oceans Condominium / Seatack Community
3rd Precinct: Chesapeake Beach / Cypress Point / Cypress Point North / Lake Shores
4th Precinct: Brigadoon / Charlestowne / Chimney Hill / Fairfield Forest / College Park / Framingham Village / Green Run / Kempsville Lake / Lake Christopher / Larkspur
Neighborhood Night Out will take place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center on August 6 from 4-7 p.m. in conjunction with National Night Out, to promote first responder-community partnerships. The event will feature the local Police, Fire and Sheriffs departments as well as kid-friendly entertainment and activities.