A decade-long tradition of the Macon Police Department will continue next week through the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
School students are invited to three Back-to-School Jamborees, now sponsored by the sheriff’s Outreach Section.
“We get a great response,” said sheriff’s Lt. Ellis Sinclair, who also helped organize the event for the former Youth and Intervention Division of the police department.
The parties help break stereotypes some children have of law enforcement, he said.
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“Some of them have seen family members being arrested, and that can stay in a child’s mind as a bad image,” Sinclair said. “We try to build this rapport with young people so they can grow up and teach their children that we are role models.”
Deputies, Bibb campus police officers, McGruff the Crime Dog and gun safety character Eddie Eagle will welcome the children.
Free food and school supplies will be distributed and kids can play games and learn about crime prevention, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Each Jamboree runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the following locations: Forthill Park on Eastview Avenue on Monday, Village Green Park on Edwina Drive on Tuesday and Williams Elementary School at 325 Pursley St. on Wednesday.
For more information, call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Outreach Section at 478-803-2701 or 478-803-2702.