Cookout gives community chance to come together

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

The old adage that “time flies by the older you get” seems to be true more and more. Autumn is already upon us and 2011 is quickly coming to a close. But before this year is completely over, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank you for your support by hosting our 2nd annual “Building Unity in the Community” cookout.

The cookout will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Eighth Avenue ballpark from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Eighth Avenue Ballpark is located at 800 Eighth Ave., which is between Slappey Boulevard and Palmyra Road. This event is our way of saying thanks to the citizens of our community.

A sense of community is incredibly important. The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office began an initiative to build a stronger sense of community in Albany/Dougherty County last year by adopting the slogan “Building Unity in the Community” and launching initiatives to live up to our slogan.

We conducted our first annual BBQ at the Carver Sports Complex. Since that event was located on the South side of town, we wanted to do this year’s event on the Northwest side. Moving the event each year will allow a greater variety of people to take advantage of what the event has to offer.

Hopefully, as the event grows, people will want to attend each year. This will encourage people to mingle across-town in a way that builds a greater city/countywide sense of community.

The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office also seeks to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community in many different ways and this is one of them. Families and citizens can attend and have an opportunity to sit down and talk with Law Enforcement and other organizations that have resources available to the citizens of Albany/Dougherty County.

I want to personally thank you for your efforts in helping Dougherty County to become a safer place to call home. I have said many times in the past that I am very fortunate and blessed to work with so many caring and supportive individuals on a daily basis at the Sheriff’s Office. I want you to come out and meet some of these individuals and let us get to know you. We want to hear your concerns and discuss the issues that you are dealing with. We will have representatives from many different areas of expertise available to answer questions. There will be representatives from other public safety agencies as well. We will also have plenty of good food to eat as well as games and activities for the children.

The event is free to the public, however, we are accepting sponsors and/or donations to assist us in making it as successful as possible. We also encourage vendors and community partners to assist with making this event meaningful and useful, as well as enjoyable. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lt. Terron Hayes at (229) 344-4363.

Sheriff Kevin Sproul is a longtime resident of Dougherty County. He is a graduate of Albany High School, Darton College and LaGrange College of Albany. Sproul has been employed with the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years and can be reached at (229) 430-6508.