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Metro to hold neighborhood unity event


The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept.'s Downtown Precinct officers will be working to unite west Savannah neighborhoods on Saturday.

Unity in the Community will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the city's Fellwood Park. There will be a mini job fair, inflatable bounce houses for children, snow cones, cotton candy, a cookout and mini job fair.

There will also be a confidential question-and-answer session about cases by the Chatham County District Attorney's Office and Metro Criminal Investigations Division detectives.

Precinct Cmdr. Capt. Mike Wilkins' goal is to unite the West Savannah, Hudson Hill, Sustainable Fellwood and Bay Street-Viaduct neighborhoods with each other and the officers assigned to that area, according to a police news release. He will be recognizing neighborhood and community leaders in the area.

"These are neighborhoods where we have a tremendous opportunity to build the relationships between our officers and the residents," said Wilkins, in a statement. ‘We have had four homicides so far this year and quite a number of other crimes that can leave residents uneasy. Many are unaware of the many services available to them. This event is designed to address those issues."

The Savannah Impact Program is a combined effort of SCMPD, probation, parole and juvenile justice officers and the district attorney's office. SIP will be offering the mini job fair. The program works with probationers and parolees to reduce recidivism, by offering job training and more.

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