WINNSBORO — Community members celebrated National Night Out in what Winnsboro Public Safety officials deemed a “great success” at the Old Armory at Fortune Spring Park.
Over 200 people were in attendance at Tuesday’s event.
Sgt. Francine Goins and Winnsboro Public Safety’s crime prevention program partnered with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate the event.
“It was an awesome time,” Goins said.
Different than last year, the event incorporated the showing of “Racing Stripes” as well. The event was moved into the Old Armory building with the threat of rain looming.
Despite not having vendors this year, Goins said popcorn and snow cones were a crowd favorite.
Officers discussed crime watch organizations and safety tips before the movie.
“We try to bring the community closer to the officers and build a relationship between the two,” Goins stated.
National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of each August.
The event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, town watch, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
The introduction of National Night Out began in 1984.
National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
Local officers provided contact information to community members interested in starting a crime watch program. In Winnsboro’s town limits, there is currently one crime watch program that is centered on Evans Street. Inside the county, there are approximately four to six crime watch programs active.
Goins highlighted some safety tips and noted that even though officers patrol the community, public safety still needs the assistance from its citizens.
“We don’t see and hear everything that goes on,” she noted. “So citizens can send anonymous tips to us through email or dropping of a letter with no name.”
To become involved with public safety or for more information you can visit the Winnsboro Public Safety department at 117 West Washington Street or call the office at 803-635-4511.