GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – Hundreds of people attended National Night Out in Gaffney Tuesday.
“We have had a pretty good bit of crime,” said Gaffney Police Chief Chris Skinner. “It’s frustrating. We need to get with the community and get them on board with law enforcement.”
Gaffney resident Ramona Davidson introduced her kids to the sheriff.
“Because they need to know there’s someone they can go to when something bad happens or they got something that they want to tell – you know. Someone they could trust,” she said.
That’s the whole point of National Night Out – a nationwide event where communities gather with first responders.
“All of us interact together and everybody come out and have fun and realize we’re not enemies,” said Gaffney Fire Chief Jamie Caggiano.
It’s a bridge officials hope can help get built with free food entertainment community resources and good ol’ fun.
Dr. J.W. Sanders is the pastor at Bethel Baptist Church and works to help victims of violence.
“It saddens me, it hurts that this type of evil is here,” he said, adding events like this can help. “ it’s important because it builds unity
A community united for one night hoping it can spur long term change.
“We can build relationships not only with the kids – it can change the mindset and culture of a future generation but we can get the parents to buy in and say these guys are okay,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller.
Organizers estimate 750-800 people attended.
There were also National Night Out events in other parts of the Upstate.