- Last Updated on 07:49 AM 06/24/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
National Night Out is making a change. This year the event will be moved from the Halifax County Fairgrounds to Tuck Dillard Stadium located at Halifax County Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
According to Chief James Binner and Sheriff Fred Clark, it is time once again to start preparing for National Night Out.
“This is an exciting time of year for us. South Boston Police Department, Halifax County Sheriff Office, Virginia State Police and local public safety organizations invite citizens to join them on Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium located at Halifax County Middle School,” Clark said.
National Night Out
in Halifax County
Nationwide this will be the 30th annual National Night Out. In Halifax County, it will mark the 14th annual event.
The National Night Out committee is a group of volunteers who work each year to coordinate this event.
“One of our main goals is to give residents and local law enforcement and public safety organizations the feel of bonding, moral support and joining to fight crime in our community,” Binner said.
A second goal is for local nonprofit organizations to provide information to the public about their organization.
According to Clark, over the past few years, the local National Night Out committee has given away:
w $3,500 in scholarship funds;
w Over $1,200 in schools supplies to the local school system to help students who cannot afford this for themselves;
w Bicycles and tricycles along with helmets; and
w Child safety seats.
Binner said it is a wonderful opportunity for communities to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.
“While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer throughout the year. National Night Out is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes and to expand and strengthen the program for the next 364 days,” he added.
According to Clark, this gives the opportunity for the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Virginia State Police, Town of Halifax Police Department and local public safety organizations to come together along with citizens from the community in a positive atmosphere.
Additional information will be provided as the National Night Out committee finalizes the event, he added.