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Community embraces safety, fights local crime during National Night Out

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 1:10am
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Grovetown celebrates National Night Out to bring police and residents together to unify the community and push back against crime.
Grovetown celebrates National Night Out to bring police and residents together to unify the community and push back against crime.

Columbia County celebrated National Night Out in an effort to bring police and residents together in a unified push against community crime.

Grovetown Department of Public Safety Maj. Robert Eastman said the city holds the event every year.

"This is one night we want to have a safe community, where we try to encourage the citizens to turn their porch lights on, sit on their porch and talk to their neighbors, walk around the neighborhood so we have a crime-free night," Eastman said.

Grovetown's night-out event was held Aug. 1 at Liberty Park Community Center and was kicked off with a school supply give-away.

Grovetown first responders took time to cook for the community and mingle, providing visitors with information on house watches and courtesy patrols. Other booths offering safety and health information were also available, as well as fun activities for children. A medical helicopter from Augusta University was also available for visitors to view and sit in.

Ultimately the event aimed to keep residents aware and involved with their local safety officers.

"People tend to not want to call the police department because they don't want to be involved, but they can call anonymously," Eastman said. "That's how we solve a lot of crimes, when somebody calls and says ‘I see this happening,' instead of closing the door and turning their backs. Those are things that we want to portray to them."

Columbia County also held a similar event Tuesday, Aug. 8, welcoming neighborhood watch associations and the public to the Columbia County sheriff's office substation on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans.

According to a press release from the department, National Night Out is designed to generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police and community partnerships, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

 

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