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Posted on: December 5, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Sanford Wins Top Honors for National Night Out

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 all categories by the National Association of Town Watch.

This year’s ranking 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 consistently places in the top 3 for the nation and placed first in 2017. The program’s long-standing excellence 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 2019 campaign included a Community Play Day at the Sanford Police Department, a Safety Lunch at the Enrichment Center, and Cone with a Cop at Dairy Queen. The Sanford Fire Department used National Night Out as an opportunity to share fire prevention and safety tips and to educate residents about the department’s smoke detector program.

Planning is already underway for the 2020 campaign. “Our goal is to create more partnerships and explore more opportunities for our first responders, public officials, and the community to connect and enjoy each other,” says Kelly Miller, public information officer and National Night Out program coordinator for the City of Sanford.

The Sanford Police Department hopes that Sanford’s high ranking in this year’s NNO program will lead more neighborhoods to start a Community Watch program. “Officers in the Community Police Unit are available to present information at Watch meetings,” says Capt. Greg Deck, 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 Deck at 919-777-1026. 

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