AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County Sheriff's Office fired up the grill as they held their 5th Annual Burgers and Shakes community event. Burgers and shakes wasn't all that was being served today at Brookfield Park. Law enforcement offered information from crime scene investigations to bomb squad technology.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office answered any questions residents had and simply made them feel comfortable about speaking to an officer. "People are calling in crimes more if they see something and identify something. When before, they were reluctant to get involved. But now that they feel that personal relationship with their Sheriff's Office, they easily pick up the phone and call us, or send in an email, or stop an officer on the street," says Sheriff Roundtree.
13-year old Henry Stevens IV says his favorite part was touring the bomb squad truck. "And one of the suits was actually 90 pounds. And in order to be on the bomb squad force they had to like climb through tunnels in 90 pounds of armor." says Stevens.
It opens his eyes to what officers really do for the community. "It means a lot to know that we can just all come together over just burgers and shakes and be educated about what really goes on and what they do to protect us," says Stevens.
The event has grown in size each year due to the community's continuous support. Sheriff Roundtree feels that a fun event like this is helping build those close relationships between officers and citizens. "We counteract the myth of citizens not being behind law enforcement. This community, they support their law enforcement agency and they're proud to come out and show it," says Sheriff Roundtree.
Sheriff Roundtree believes the event will continue to be a big hit each year for the community.