Every August since 2012 the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Police Department have participated in the National Night Out event. National Night out is: (as described by the National Night Out web page) ”National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.”
The Police Department partnered with the Community Center and took to the first event with eager volunteers, willing council support, and police officers who really do want to make a difference. However, the most important ingredient has to be the people of Middleburg. The relationship between the police and the town is a testament to the vibe that is Middleburg. The Department really is a community police department. The officers are known by their first names and can be seen helping with various community projects. In Middleburg the Police Department belief is: “We don’t have to police the community…because we are the police FOR the Community.” Policing in Middleburg is truly a community effort and it shows with the low incidents of crime and the thousands who feel safe to visit it monthly.
The years have moved forward and this year the community held its 4th annual National Night Out. We felt it was time to test what we do against the rest of the nation. To that end, the department entered our event in the competition. Middleburg competed in Category #6 against communities of up to 5,000 residents. The hope was to do well enough to be noticed. However, we are excited to announce that Middleburg Virginia, population of around 750 people, is the Category 6 “Communities with a population of 5,000 or less” national winner. Winning this contest is a testament to the dedication this community has as it relates to policing. Our event was part of The 32nd Annual National Night Out which involved 38.3 million people in 16,728 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.
This year’s event featured a rock climbing tower, the ultimate bungee, bounce house, magician, DJ, health screening bus, fire/rescue display, fire marshals display, blood hounds, bike safety information, food, drinks prizes or all. As the event progressed we had some folks come and go. However, the final head count was just over 400 people…amazing numbers for a community this size. So this award is a thank you for our Community that is Middleburg.
To see the complete list of all winters and the top 10 from the Category 6 follow this link. https://natw.org/award-winners