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Henry Daily Herald

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National Night Out events to be held Tuesday

By Jason A. Smith

Henry County will be one of 11,000 communities worldwide that will mark the 24th annual National Night Out Tuesday. Events in Henry will be held at Henry Town Center, from 6-8 p.m., and Tanger Outlet, from 5-8 p.m.

According to one event organizer, National Night Out allows citizens to learn how they can take a more active role in keeping their communities safe, while developing better relationships with the law enforcement community.

“Police cannot complete their tasks without the public’s help,” said Henry County Police Officer Jason Duffey. 

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be among the agencies represented at Town Center. According to Chief Deputy David McCart, the sheriff’s office will feature an appearance by McGruff the Crime Dog, as well as information on the Explorer Post program, which focuses on teenagers interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

McCart has participated in National Night Out for the last several years and said it is an important program for the community.

“It lets people know they can come to us,” he said.

The Henry County Police Department, as well as departments in McDonough and Hampton, will be available at Town Center. In addition, representatives from the Henry County Emergency Management Agency and 911 center will have information about September’s Emergency Preparedness Month, as well as the county’s Community Emergency Response Team program. 

“[National Night Out] gives us the opportunity to interact with the community we serve and provide information that can help in an emergency,” he said.

Other agencies that will be represented include, the Henry County Fire Department; the Georgia State Patrol; the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office; and the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, local businesses, including Kroger, Cici’s Pizza, Shane’s Rib Shack, Truett’s Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse and Hooter’s will show their support for National Night Out by offering free food at the event.

The program at Tanger Outlet, according to Locust Grove Police Chief Jesse Patton, was scheduled as a way for law enforcement to reach more members of the community in Henry.

“We wanted to cover more of the area,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about, getting more people involved.”
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