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Law enforcement appreciation dinner chance for politicians to spread message

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GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Sheriff's, police officers and others in uniform from across the area travelled to Glennville on Thursday for an evening of food and a pat on the back for what they do.

The night brings together people from different communities and agencies and helps them connect with people that can help them do their job even better.

The dinner is a chance for law enforcement officers from all over Southeast Georgia to get together, exchange ideas and make contacts. They might even meet the colleague that helps them solve their next big case.

It's also a chance to feel appreciated by a community that knows they put their lives on the line each day.

The 27th annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Cookout draws more than 2,000 people to Glenville, and founder Wayne Dasher said it's a cool way to say thanks to the people who protect and serve.

"For our law enforcement, first responders and military, it's a chance to get together and some of them don't see each other except here every year," said Dasher.

The night included Gov. Nathan Deal signing into law provisions to strengthen grief counseling for law officers and survivors.

"This legislation helps protect the grief counselors and the law officers and families and helps keepo their records confidential," said Deal.

And candidates for nearly every state office came to meet officers and spread their message, something Georgia's former governor understands.

"In most communities except the really big ones, everybody wants to know what the sheriff thinks," said former governor Sonny Perdue. "So it's important for these people to get here and meet them."

Each of these candidates hopes they're invited back next year as an incumbent.

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