Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul and Sheriff's Lt. Terron Hayes share a laugh at a news conference announcing the 2nd annual Building Unity in the Community BBQ with free food and, as you can see, fun, scheduled for Saturday in the Eighth Avenue ball park.
ALBANY -- Have a burger and a hot dog; pile some potato salad on a plate, all compliments of the Dougherty County Sheriff's office.
Bouncy houses for the children and games of skill will round out the 2nd annual Building Unity in the Community BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Eighth Avenue Ball Park.
"This is a laid-back way to thank the people for all the help they have been," said Sheriff Kevin Sproul. "We are not just about law enforcement. It is about everyone working together. It is also a time when people could talk to us about any issues and concerns they might have."
Plans call for the barbecue to have representatives from other law enforcement offices attending to answer questions. It is planned as an informal way for the community to get to know their neighbors, many of whom are in law enforcement.
Information on handling unruly children, the positive outlets for youth available in the community and other community events will be available, said Sheriff's Lt. Terron Hayes.
"The barbecue doesn't cost taxpayers anything," Hayes said. "The food is donated and we raised money with our golf tournament."
The golf tournament in April was the first one held. Nearly 100 golfers turned out to play and contribute to community youth programs operated by the Sheriff's Office. Between $3,000 and $5,000 was reportedly raised.
The events were so successful that Sproul said his office might be able to launch the barbecue twice a year. Whether once a year or biannually, Sproul said the event is meant for people from all areas of the community. It will be moved to a different location each time it is held.
The Sheriff's Office plans to have staff on hand to explain services such as its crime prevention and intervention programs all in a relaxed atmosphere for the community.