ALBANY, GA (WALB) - School starts on Tuesday in Dougherty County and hundreds of kids will have needed school supplies thanks to first responders.
Dougherty County School Police, Dougherty County Police, Albany Fire Department and Dougherty EMS were among the many officials hosting National Night Out at Radium Springs Middle School.
They gave away 500 book bags full of supplies.
The event also included food, games and other giveaways.
The idea is to fight crime by connecting the community with law enforcement.
"So you can come out here and have a good time and see that we live in your community with you. And we want our community to be successful," said Captain Tom Jackson with the Dougherty County Police.
"Take advantage of some free school supplies. Come out and meet some of your teachers who will be here. Your local law enforcement in your area. And just have a great time," explained Officer Yamonika Wilson with the Dougherty County Police.
The celebration continued at Radium Springs Middle School until 8 p.m.