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Law enforcers bring out the masses for National Night Out in Sylvester

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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of people came out to Jeffords Park in Sylvester on Friday to eat, sing, play, and most importantly connect with local law enforcers.

It was an evening filled with music and excitement

"It’s great it's a fun filled evening for the family and communities to come out to bond and fellowship and have good food and music" said Gayle Green.

All for law enforcement to meet the people they serve.

"we get a chance to come out and bring our officers out, they get a chance to meet the community, community gets a chance to meet them, it's also a time that the departments can bond a little bit together, and get closer together because we're always working together," said Robert Jennings.

This is the fourth year law enforcement from Sylvester and surrounding areas hosted National Night Out.  They say it builds trust with people in the community so they'll be willing to help investigators.

"Well it's always important to build up good will in the community because information is what we thrive on, we get information from the public and a lot of people are hesitant about talking to police officers and this gives them a chance to get to know the officers,” said Robert Jennings.

The Special Agent in Charge of the GBI office in Sylvester says this event is very beneficial for her agency.

"I think it's a great way for us to get out and meet with the individuals in the community and interact with them on a way where we're not actually conducting an investigation, where we just get one on one time to laugh and get to know one another,” said Kim Baker. 

Gayle Green left more confident that she can count on her local law enforcers when she needs them.

"I think it's great for the law enforcement to be here, help us to be able to bond together and to build that trust to know that whatever problem you have, you can always count on your law enforcement officers because they’re the ones that watch over the communities and protect the people in the community," said Green.

Many others walked away feeling the same way.
Albany Police will celebrate National Night Out in neighborhoods all over town next Tuesday.

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