Friday, December 4, 2015

Sanford Wins Top Honors for National Night Out

Sanford's National Night Out program has been named second in the nation for our population category and best in the state across categories by the National Association of Town Watch.

This year’s ranking is Sanford’s highest yet and continues Sanford’s streak as the best NNO program in North Carolina. “I am so pleased with this ranking and recognition,” says Mayor Chet Mann. “Our placement acknowledges the job well done by so many of our citizens and staff who work so hard and really enjoy putting on this event.”

Sanford’s program placed third in 2014 and fourth in 2013. The program’s upward trajectory showcases Sanford’s community spirit, says Mann. “Sanford shines during National Night Out because we are a loving, caring community of people who like to live, work, and play together – and who look out for one another,” he notes.

The 2015 campaign included tours of Sanford’s police and fire departments, along with a summer safety day with the Lee County Partnership for Children and a self-defense day with Black Belt Leadership Academy. NNO coordinators also collected nonperishable food items and school supplies for the Christians United Outreach Center.

Planning is already underway for the 2016 campaign. “Our goal is to create more partnerships and explore more opportunities for our first responders, public officials, and community to connect and enjoy each other,” says Kelly Miller, public information officer and National Night Out program manager for the City of Sanford.

The Sanford Police Department hopes that Sanford’s high ranking will lead more neighborhoods to start a Community Watch program. “Officers in the Community Police Unit are available to attend Watch meetings any time, though we need at least two weeks’ notice to prepare our schedule,” says Capt. Tony Hancox, who heads the unit. “We want the community-police partnership to remain strong throughout the year – not just the first Tuesday in August,” he says.

For more information or to get involved in National Night Out, contact Miller at 919-777-1133 or For more information about Community Watch, contact Hancox at 919-777-1051.