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Savannah Police Department holding community day events

The Savannah Police Department held a community event on Thursday.
The Savannah Police Department held a community event on Thursday.(WTOC)
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 3:16 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2021 at 5:14 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Savannah Police Department held a community event on Thursday.

SPD officers were there to get to know members of the community better as well as hand out school supplies ahead of the first day of school.

One Lieutenant said the event is important for his officers to connect with the community.

“It’s big and important for us to do this to show the community that we are apart of the community as well. we want to build a better relationship with the community and this is just one way to show them that we are apart of the community just like they are,” said Lt. Michael McPhaul.

Officers also handed out pizza, played yard games, and helped kids understand more about their job.

Savannah Police will hold another community day event at the Central Precinct on Saturday, July 17 from 12 to 3:30 p.m. There will be food, drinks, vendors and games to get the whole family involved. The K-9 unit and mounted patrol will also be there.

With issues of gun violence and crime in the city, Savannah Police hope events like this will connect them to community members so that they can work together in creating a safer Savannah.

“Meet with people and talk with them in a situation that is not related to an event or a crime that has occurred, to meet them in a fun environment so that we can communicate and talk with each other in a non-stressful situation,” said Rebekah Helmic, APO Savannah Police.

Police hope to see people of all ages come out to the event. They feel it’s especially important for the young kids to spend time with the police just playing games and having some fun.

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