Law enforcement prep for event to raise crime awareness

LILBURN -- Law enforcement across Gwinnett are partnering this evening to raise crime awareness as part of the National Night Out, an annual event meant to fuse stronger relationships between police and the communities they serve.

In Lilburn, police are teaming up with neighborhood watch groups and SafetySmart Lilburn, a new nonprofit formed to promote safety, crime prevention and community development.

SafetySmart will be formally introduced at the gathering, said Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Bruce Hedley.

Patrons can expect demonstrations on self-defense and another by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit, among others.

In Snellville, police will have representatives from all divisions and units on hand to meet with community members.

Hedley said the objective of such events is to heighten crime-prevention awareness, build support for anti-crime programs and "send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back."

Find the Lilburn event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St.

In Snellville, the event begins at 6 p.m. at Target, 1905 Scenic Highway.