National Night Out recently was held in Hinesville, featuring music, dancing and fun while addressing the serious question of how to fight crime.
Hinesville Police Department Cpl. James Williams, who oversees the neighborhood watch program, said that in the past 15 years since the program was set up by the late HPD Officer Michael Trombley, the event has grown so large that it had to be held on Liberty County Recreation Department football field on East Oglethorpe Highway.
According to Williams, the event is held to heighten public awareness on how criminals operate and to ultimately prevent crime in the community.
“We want to show the community the police department wants to work together with them to stop crime and keep it out of our city,” he said.
From all indications, Saturday’s event seemed to get its message across in the form of information packets on how to combat crime. Parents took advantage of the identification kits provided by law enforcement.
Throughout the evening, performers and dance troupes entertained the hundreds who attended.
Kristina Barnard, who brought her two daughters, found the information provided by vendors informative, including how to lower your electric bill at the Georgia Power booth.
Barnard said that in the past, she attended National Night Out in Richmond Hill and is pleased Hinesville sponsored the event.
“It’s nice to have something here in our community,” she said.