DARIEN, GA (WTOC) - National Night Out is something new in McIntosh County.
The county held the event for the first time at McIntosh County Academy on Tuesday night.
In Darien, Georgia most people already know their first responders, but McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup hopes their first ever National Night Out will bring citizens and law enforcement even closer.
"Our community is very close. It's a small population but we have a large county, but we cannot even think about doing the law enforcement required without extra eyes and ears," Jessup said.
The event on Tuesday night provided an opportunity to learn more about the men and women behind the uniforms.
"We want them to mingle with us. Get to know us. Not only the police and the sheriff's deputies, but also the fire and EMS crews," Chief Marcus Williams with the McIntosh County Schools said.
Darien Police Chief Donnie Howard says National Night Out's mission of taking a stand against crime is more important than ever after a recent spike in burglaries.
"This year seems to have been the worst year for it. I have to think it's because of the economy. People are broke and desperate," Howard said.
Jennifer Krauss brought her young daughter Emma to the event. "I think it's important for kids this age and older to really believe in the police and the firefighters and EMS workers that are out there to help them," Krauss said.
City officials hope to make the event a tradition.