Locals prepare for annual National Night Out

Published 7:39 pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019

By Donna Williams
Special to the Daily News

Local families are invited to LaGrange’s Third Annual National Night Out, a night where families can get to know the law enforcement officers in their communities. 

“It’s a time for the community to interact with public safety,” said Sgt. Stewart Smith, Public Information Officer for the Troup County Sheriff Department. “We’ll have a patrol car there, as well as our mobile command post, and McGruff the Crime Dog will likely make an appearance.”

The LaGrange Police Department hosts the event, which includes a DJ, dancing and games. Kids are encouraged to ask questions as they try on police gear and tour safety vehicles, such as a S.W.A.T van or fire truck. One big draw each year is a crime scene unit from the Georgia Bureau of investigation, in partnership with the county and city.

Groups scheduled to be available at the event include nonprofits like The Jungle Bus and Harmony House. The Department of Family and Children Services will be there, as well as EMTs and the Army Corp of Engineers. The event will be held Oct. 8 at 10 Commerce Avenue in the Beechwood Furniture parking lot.

The long-lasting impact of the event is the relationships built.  

“There are advantages to having a friend, somebody you know in public safety,” said event organizer Sgt. Marshall McCoy of the LaGrange Police Department said. “Sometimes, when you have a need, it’s a relief to know someone.”

Residents are encouraged to come meet and greet the people who serve them.  

“It’s a great time to relax,” McCoy said. “We want anybody and everybody to come out and have a good time.”