Saturday, November 12th, 2022, marked the annual Bulloch County Annual Night Out Against Crime. The festival held at Fair Road Park was filled with free food, games, and more. Many organizations and small businesses participated in the event, including Safe Haven, Wavee Shavee, GBI, the Statesboro Police, Offtrack EnterTRAINment, and The Defending Force.
Despite being all fun and games, this event holds an even bigger purpose, to help bridge the gap between the community and its protectors. "They get to see us in a good light," one of the coordinators, Bulloch Deputy James “Bubba” Revell, said. "Sometimes when the community sees us, we're making arrests, doing our job; this is part of our job too. It lets people see us in everyday fun times, and they can come up and ask questions, meet officers that they may have to deal with one day, and if and when that happens, they'll already be comfortable."
National Movement Adopted Locally
The origins of the Annual Night Out event started around 2016 when the political discourse around police was becoming more hostile. "There was a lot of turmoil in other areas of the country with riots and things going on that made law enforcement really looked at themselves and say, 'hey, we need to really reach out into the community and interact with the community more to make sure they're befriended and feel like family," Revell said. "It puts us in a more friendly environment with the citizens we serve."
Free, Fun Event
Everything at the event was free for the participants, from attendance even down to the photo booth. All to give the community something fun and free to do with their friends and family. Kids could jump in the bouncy castle, play with soccer balls, win prizes in the money pit, hang out in a firetruck, and even get train rides.
"We love having the citizens join us and for a Bulloch's Night Out Against Crime and we could not do this without the support of our community partners. I want to personally thank each of them for stepping up again to make this an event to remember," said Julie Morrison, Community Initiatives and Event Manager for CORE Credit Union and event coordinator.
Morrison offered special thanks to all the participants, community partners and volunteers who included:
- Bulloch County Parks and Recreation
- Safe Haven
- Bulloch Literacy Council "The Book Bus"
- Offtrack EnterTRAINment
- Chicken Salad Chick
- Bulloch Drug and Alcohol Council
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation
- Georgia State Patrol
- Bulloch County Sheriff's K-9 Unit
- Bulloch County Sheriff's Department
- Portal Police Department
- Brooklet Police Department
- Statesboro Fire Department
- CORE Credit Union
- Lolly the Balloon Artist
- Synovus Bank
- Wavee Shavee
- The Defending Force
- Kids World Learning Center
- Renasant Bank
- Morris Bank
- Citizens Bank
- Queensborough Bank
- Briggs and Stratton
- Ken's IGA
- Georgia Power
- Leapfrog Inflatables
- Party Harbor Inflatable
- Bulloch Port a Potty
- FCCLA - SEBHS
- National Honors Society - SEBHS
- Bulloch County Explorers