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Sylvester has National Night Out

Lt. Kenneth Washington, SPD Lt. Kenneth Washington, SPD
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - Folks have a chance to get to know Worth County law enforcers at Jeffords Parks in Sylvester during National Night Out.

Lots of free activities and food for families Friday night at the park. Local and state law enforcers will be here to mingle with folks and teach them about crime prevention.

It's a fun and relaxed environment for families to meet the officers who serve their community. Sylvester police started the event in 2010 as a way for people to get to know their local law enforcers.

"We want to get people familiar with police and police familiar with the people in other words we just want anybody to have a chance to come out and mingle," said Lt. Kenneth Washington.

Organizers say there are lots of activities for families, including bounce houses, free food, plus some live entertainment. Each year the event draws more than a thousand people to Jeffords Park.

Washington says getting to know people can help police fight crime. "We depend on people in the community to keep us alert and to let us know what's going on, so that's we want people to know the police officers that are in the community."

And it's also a chance for officers to teach residents some crime prevention tips.

"For instance, we will tell you ways when you go shopping, don't leave valuable items in your car, pocket books, money exposed, expensive jewelry, that is temptation to a criminal and they will bust your window out and get it."

Firefighters will also be at the park doing demonstrations.

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