Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers are taking the city’s National Night Out event to the streets.
On Tuesday, department personnel will canvas residential areas from 6 to 9 p.m., getting to know residents and spreading information about services and programs the department offers, Chief Gary Owens said.
“This year, I’m going to put the officers in the neighborhoods,” Owens said. “We’re going to try to strengthen our promise and our commitment between the public safety department (and residents) and that we are standing strong in the spirit of crime prevention.”
The national event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is aimed at crime awareness and prevention through information, networking and promoting neighborhood spirit and community-police partnerships.
“On that night, we ask that (residents) turn their porch lights on,” Owens said. “That shows the officers and the community that we’re standing strong.”
The department celebrated the event with a cookout at its headquarters for more than a decade. But, since it falls on the first day of school, Owens said he’s bringing information to the residents.
Owens said officers will be talking to residents, not conducting seat belt checks, and passing out bags with goodies and information. Included in the packets will be information about the department’s house watch program, concentrated patrols, project Safe House, neighborhood watch programs, golf cart registration and child identification kits.
Personnel will still be doing a small cookout at headquarters, where the fire trucks and other equipment are still available for children to see. But he thinks he can reach more residents by hitting the streets.
“We’re going to target the entire city,” Owens said. “We’re going to connect with every resident.”