A celebration to promote community relationships with local law enforcement and "take a stand against crime" is free to the public, said Bulloch County sheriff's Sgt. Jimmy Billings.
The annual Bulloch's Night Out Against Crime event, hosted by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Foundation, will feature kids' attractions including inflatable jump houses, games, free food and drinks and more from local vendors and businesses, he said.
Scheduled for 5-9 p.m. at the Fair Road Recreation Department on Friday, July 31, the event will include activities and demonstrations by the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office; Brooklet, Georgia Southern University and Statesboro police departments, Statesboro and Bulloch County fire departments; Bulloch County EMS; and other agencies, he said.
"This is going to be a great event for our community, to pull us together and stand as one strong community against crime," said Bulloch County Reserve Deputy James "Bubba" Revell, one of the event organizers. "Bring the whole family and enjoy the festival."
Banks including Sea Island, Farmers and Merchants and Citizens' will offer water and drinks and other free items, and entertainment will include the School of Rock band and Princess Productions characters, he said.
The Bulloch County Sheriff's Foundation expects to cook a huge amount of hamburgers and hot dogs.
"All of local law enforcement will be there, represented, doing demonstrations," Billings said.
With the national atmosphere charged with tension between law enforcement officers and the public, the event is a move to encourage a strong and friendly partnership between local law enforcement agencies and citizens, he said.
Those attending the family-oriented function will be able to ask questions and obtain information about Statesboro and Bulloch County public safety agencies and the services they offer, he said. The festival is intended to "promote partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie."
For more information about the event, including how to participate as a vendor, contact Billings or Revell at (912) 764-1791.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.