National Night Out Celebrates Wilson Public Safety Excellence


During this year’s National Night Out, the Wilson community will celebrate the recent achievements of the Wilson Police Department and Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. In the last six months both agencies have earned a place among the most efficient, highest performing departments in the country.

Earlier this year, the Wilson Police Department achieved CALEA gold standard accreditation with excellence, the highest achievement a department can reach. The department has been accredited since 1987 but had not before received this level.

Wilson Fire/Rescue Services recently learned its inspection rating has improved to the highest level achievable, making the department one of the safest in North Carolina. WF/RS is the first department east of the Triangle to earn a Class 1 rating.

During National Night Out, Police Chief Thomas Hopkins and WF/RS Chief Albert Alston will recap the departments’ achievements. Police and Fire themed giveaways will also be a highlight of the night.

National Night Out is Friday, August 3 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Wilson County Library Lawn.