HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Cities and law enforcement agencies across Hampton Roads are celebrating the “38th Annual National Night Out” on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
The nationwide event is celebrated annually as community-building campaigns for local law enforcement agencies promoting safe and caring neighborhoods across the country.
Last year, local agencies held events virtually due to the pandemic. This year, several local law enforcement agencies were set to hold in-person events, except for the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, which postponed its event until further notice due to increasing virus cases in the area.
Below are the localities that currently have updated information regarding their own National Night Out events this year.
Norfolk Police hosted an event Tuesday evening in the Wellington Oaks Community Center located at 1251 Bunsen Court. During an interview on the eve of the event, Norfolk Police Chief Boone told 10 On Your Side’s Anita Blanton that Mayor Kenny Alexander is expected to be at the event.
Norfolk’s event was from 4-8 p.m. COVID-19 guidelines were expected to be enforced.
The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office invited local residents to participate in the event and help heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
Residents willing to participate in this year’s event were asked to:
- Turn on their porch lights
- Get out to meet their neighbors
- Participate in flashlight walks through their neighborhood, as a joined community
- Organize and participate in neighborhood cookouts, block parties, contests, parades, and youth programs
Portsmouth police planned to celebrate National Night Out at a few locations.
The department posted photos from multiple locations that included officers jumping rope, horse rides, dinners and more.
The Newport News Police Department held a brief kick-off ceremony before the main National Night Out event on Tuesday.
The ceremony was scheduled to be held at Newport News Police Headquarters, 9710 Jefferson Avenue, at 4 p.m. Residents were invited to come out for picnics and ice cream socials, among other events with members of the police department.
Mayor McKinley Price was expected to be at the kick-off event to read the official proclamation and Chief of Police Steve Drew offered remarks.
Attorney General Mark Herring also attended the Newport News event.
Suffolk was scheduled to hold a National Night Out event early on July 30 ahead of the national event, but it was canceled due to weather.
The Suffolk National Night Out Duck Pluck event replaced the annual National Night Out Duck Race and was set to be held in conjunction with Suffolk Parks & Recreation’s second half of the T.G.I.F. Summer Concert series.
However, there were more events scheduled for Tuesday. A full list of those places and times can be found here.
The official kick-off party took place at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 442 West Washington Street. Those who couldn’t make it in-person could watch it live on the City’s Municipal Channel, Spectrum 190.
Chesapeake Police Chief K.L. Wright said 15 communities were set to celebrate the event on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.
In one of the events, residents in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake were set to recognize the “officer of the year.” Community members were also invited to ice cream socials, cookouts, a movie in the park, among other events.
ISLE OF WIGHT
Isle of Wight Sheriff James R. Clarke Jr. said the sheriff’s office would host this year’s National Night Out event in partnership with the Town of Windsor Police Department.
Members of the local law enforcement were scheduled to be at the Windsor Town Center. The event was also in partnership with the Riverside Hospital.
10 On Your Side reached out to ask if there was a rain plan. Capt. T. Potter said there is the option to move into the gym area if needed.
The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office hosted its first National Night Out event Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Franklin/Southampton County Fair Grounds, located at 25374 Newmarket Road Courtland.
The sheriff’s office said there would be a DJ, live performances, K9 demonstrations, food, face painting, vendors, bounce houses, and more.
The event was free for all residents.
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS
Due to inclement weather Tuesday, JBLE’s National Night Out event was postponed until August 10 from 2-5 p.m.
The Gates County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina also wanted to join in on the fun and invited residents to come out and attend the county’s first-ever National Night Out. The event was held at Eason’s Ballpark located at 38 Medical Center Road from 6-9 p.m.
Residents were able to meet local law enforcement officers, EMS, firefighters among other public safety personnel. There were activities, games, and giveaways for the entire family. Community members also enjoyed free hotdogs, chips, and drinks.