National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a proud participant in National Night Out events around Georgia including those in: Coffee County, College Park, Columbus-Muscogee County, Dougherty County, Evans County, Brunswick-Glynn County, Macon-Bibb County, McIntosh County, Paulding County and Savannah-Chatham County.
On August 1st, DJJ Victim Services team members partnered with the College Park Police Department for a National Night Out event at the College Park Auditorium.
DISTRICT TEN/DOUGHERTY COUNTY
District 10 DJJ staff participated in the National Night Out event sponsored by the Dougherty County Police Department on Monday, July 31, 2017. The event took place at Radium Springs Elementary School in Albany. Dougherty Community Services Office (CSO)/High Intensity Teams (HITS) staff collected, sorted and handed out over 160 packages of school supplies to students of all grade levels. The event was well attended and was covered by WALB-TV and shown on the news that night.
On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the Evans County NAACP hosted the Evans County National Night Out event at Bacon Ford Park in Claxton. The Evans County CSO, along with Victim Advocate Tiffany Robinson, Regional Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Joyce and other members of DJJ’s Victim and Volunteer Services team participated in the event. Speaking with citizens and young people of Evans County, staff provided information on DJJ services to the community. Other attendees included members of the Evans County NAACP, Claxton Mayor Terry Branch, Evans County School Superintendent Dr. Marty Waters, Evans County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Director Rose Morris, Claxton Fire Chief Harold Rogers and members of the Claxton Police Department, Hagan Police Department and Evans County Feed the Hungry.
The DJJ Office of Victim and Volunteer Services partnered with organizers of National Night Out events in Macon-Bibb County. The Macon-Bibb “Kick Off” Block Party took place on August 1st at the Macon-Bibb Senior Citizens Complex. Local law enforcement and firefighters were dunked in a dunking booth, senior citizens played cards and a line dancing team entertained the crowd. DJJ staff members were warmly received during their time at the Block Party.
DJJ staff who attended the Paulding County National Night Out Event on August 1st included Paulding JPM Nikki Covera and JPPS II Cristen Olivo.
DISTRICT ELEVEN/BRUNSWICK/GLYNN COUNTY/SAVANNAH/CHATHAM COUNTY
On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, JPPS III Jasmine Smith and JPO II Willie Nelson attended the National Night Out event in Brunswick in Glynn County. JPPS III Smith and JPO II Nelson enjoyed their time networking with other local law enforcement agencies and spending time with the youth.
The Bryan/McIntosh CSO participated in National Night Out in Pembroke on August 1, 2017, hosted by the Pembroke Police Department. Participating agencies included: • Bryan County Emergency Management • Bryan County Fire/Rescue First Responders • Bryan County Fire Department • Gateway Behavioral Health • Bryan County Family Connections • Department of Natural Resources • U.S. Military K-9
Pembroke Mayor Judy Cook and U.S. Representative Buddy Carter also attended. JPM Kimberly Stevens and her team of JPPS staff from the Bryan/McIntosh CSO had the opportunity to take a picture with Representative Carter during the event.
Also on August 1st, JPPS Paulette McCrea and JPPS Sabrina Wright attended the National Night Out event in Coffee County. DJJ staff in Coffee County had a great time with community members and law enforcement during the event.
Chatham Multi-Service Center (MSC) staff participated in National Night Out at the Savannah Impact office on August 1, 2017. The Chatham staff was set up a tent and participated in giving out school supplies and hygiene items for the youth who were returning to school for the 2017-2018 school term. Several community partners participated in the National Night Out: the Savannah-Chatham Police Department, Amerigroup, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Publix (which provided all the food), Savannah Fire Department and many community vendors.
Members of the Muscogee County MSC, Intake and CSO staffs attended National Night Out in Columbus on August 1st.
To learn more about National Night Out, visit http://natw.org.