The City of Sanford‘s long-standing history of national leadership in the National Night Out community engagement program has written another chapter, with the announcement of Sanford’s standing as “best in the nation” in its population classification for the first time. Sanford also ranked #1 among all North Carolina communities by the National Association of Town Watch.
Sanford Mayor Chet Mann commented, “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. I am so proud of this recognition of Sanford’s community spirit and love for each other. First place truly acknowledges the job well done by so many of our citizens and staff who work so hard and really enjoy putting on this event.”
Of course overwhelming community participation doesn’t happen by accident. Each year the Sanford Police Department, Sanford Fire Department, city personnel and private organizations and citizens work together to create several programs that encourage stronger relationships among neighbors, and with safety personnel. City Manager Hal Hegwer noted, “Our goal for National Night Out is to bring our neighborhoods together and strengthen the bonds between our residents and first responders. When you go to a National Night Out party, you feel connected to your neighbors and your city. That’s the true reward.”
Sanford has participated in NNO every year since its inception in 1994, and has placed in the Top 3 nationally every year since 2014. Sanford has also received Top 10 national recognition several times over the past 2 decades.