Marion County Sheriff’s Office celebrates National Night Out with Brittons Neck community
BRITTONS NECK, S.C. – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the 35th Anniversary for National Night Out with a special event for the public, gathering at Britton’s Neck Community Park Tuesday night.
Organizers said National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The event featured free hot dogs, free pizza presented by Justine Robert’s Marion County Performing Arts and Science Academy, items for children along with meeting deputies and a K9 Unit demonstration. Several emergency vehicles were on display and the Mullins Fire Department helped keep the children cool with water play.
Vendor booths were also on site with representatives from Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, Department of Juvenile Justice, the Care House of the Pee Dee, A Father’s Place and Pee Dee Community Action Partnership.
Organizer and Marion County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Tammy Erwin said it was the first year hosting the event.
“We wanted to have it down here in Brittons Neck to bridge the gap,” she said. “We don’t always get our services down here like we do in the municipalities and wanted to bring it to them this time.”
Erwin said the Department of Natural Resources, EMS and faith-based partners helped to make it a great turnout.
“We’re just really excited about this,” she said. “This is good.”
Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace said he was happy to celebrate with the Brittons Neck community.
“It’s a great event and something we planned, to have a chance for different community service agencies come together in this area and we had a great turnout,” he said. “It’s just a chance to where the community and law enforcement and different agencies can come together.”
Wallace said it’s also an opportunity to get to know law enforcement officers.
“Folks say they want to have it again and I told them we don’t have to have just a National Night Out, we can have an event anytime,” he said. “We want to be part of the community. It feels good.”
Wallace said he wanted to involve the Brittons Neck area and said it’s important to have the support of the community, especially for a department that covers so much ground.