First BSO Walk for Safety set for Thursday evening

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis will hit the streets with his deputies Thursday night during the department’s first Walk for Safety.

It will be the first in a series of neighborhood walks meant to strengthen ties between residents and the sheriff’s office.

Thursday’s walk will begin at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Straight Street in the Unionville neighborhood off Pio Nono Avenue.

Davis and his deputies plan a series of such walks in the coming weeks “to talk to neighborhood residents about what the sheriff’s office can do for them and how they can help the sheriff’s office keep their neighborhoods safe,” according to a news release.

They would like neighborhood residents they visit to join them on the walks.

“We need your help to empower the neighborhoods of Macon-Bibb. We want to partner with you to help keep your neighborhood safe.

To show the criminals that we have joined forces and that this is OUR community and not theirs,” the release said.

“The sheriff’s office can make sure that deputies do their part. We can make sure we have a presence in the communities. We can make sure we arrest the evildoers. We can make sure we hold the criminals in jail. We can make sure that we respond to the calls for help. We can make sure we do our part with prevention. ... We can make sure we get into the neighborhoods and help families get Neighborhood Watch groups off the ground.”

It continued, “We want to know where you see suspicious activity. We want to know where you see loitering. We want to know where you see drug dealing. We even want to know where you see vacant, overgrown lots.”

Other walk locations will be announced later. If you’d like to schedule a Walk for Safety for your neighborhood, call Lt. Randy Gonzalez at 478-621-5644 or email rgonzalez@maconbibb.us.