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Deputies, residents participate in annual National Night Out

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The first Tuesday in August is when most communities in America observe National Night Out. It’s described as a community-building campaign, whereby citizens and members of law enforcement stand together to fight crime in our communities.

It’s a night where you see neighbors participate by putting blue light bulbs in their outdoor lights and coming outside to meet with friends on their street and members of local law enforcement. The night offers an opportunity to build camaraderie between community members and police departments and reinforce a feeling of partnership around the country.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office posted an invite on Facebook to residents to join officers and their neighbors for the 33rd Annual National Night Out, “an evening set aside for communities and law enforcement to come together to stand up against crime!”

The idea, according to the post, is that, “Neighborhoods with residents that communicate with each other and law enforcement tend to have less crime.”

On Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m., police officers in the surrounding area spent the evening traveling to as many neighborhoods as possible to say hello to the people they serve. To that end, two young deputies in Forsyth were planning to make the rounds via bicycle.

“Deputy Wendell and I plan to ride bikes all over this village,” Deputy Drake Lambdin told trustees at the Aug. 1 board meeting. “Turn your porchlights on, show solidarity against crime and get out and meet your neighbors.”

More than 16,000 communities in all 50 states participate in the program. National Night Out is a program of National Association of Town Watch. For more information, go to www.natw.org.

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