BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — Blakely Police Department and Early County Sheriffs Office are eager to participate in this year’s National Faith and Blue Weekend.
“National Faith and Blue Weekend was initiated by Rev. Markel Hutchens out of the Atlanta area here in Georgia and the initiative is to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement, you know you have so many negative things about law enforcement this day and time,” Early County Sheriff William Price said.
Therefore, both departments believe the best way to alleviate any animosity towards them is to team up with faith-based organizations and local leaders to have community-engaged events.
“On Friday evening it’s more of a community roundtable that will be more people can tune into Facebook live we’re planning on streaming it possibly submit questions to law enforcement and community leaders getting together,” said Will Caudill, with the Blakely Police Department. “The centered-around event will be Saturday at Jeanette King Park here in Blakely we’re gonna be grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, gonna have police officers on the grill, hope to have some basketball games up a kickball tournament.”
Sheriff Price says the early county community is positive when it comes to law enforcement. With this event not taking place last year, they are expecting a huge turnout.
“We’re anticipating a lot of people to come out and kids to have a great time and just relax and understand that law enforcement are human just like they are,” Price said.