Bibb Co. Sheriff’s Office celebrates First Annual Night to Unite

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is calling out to the community to unite. Tuesday night is the Sheriff’s Office’s First Annual Night to Unite.

With murders on the rise in Macon and October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, neighborhood watch groups say everyone in the community needs to stand against crime. A topic at this year’s Bibb County Sheriff’s Office’s “Night to Unite” is domestic violence.

“No more. We will not accept this violence in our community and we’re going to push back by being united,” Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia Executive Director Dee Simms said.

“We’re going to let criminals know that you cannot have our neighborhoods. We are united to fight crime in our neighborhoods,” neighborhood watch coordinator Jody Gordon said.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is calling all neighbors, city officials, and first responders to come together.

“This is a wonderful effort, but it’s got to go tomorrow, it’s got to be next week, it’s got to be next month, next year. It’s got to be a continuing effort of unity in our community to make sure we are addressing these issues,” Gordon said.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office’s Night to Unite is for the community to stand against crime.

“That’s what this night is about, It’s to further the education of different crime activity that goes on,” Simms said.

In addition, Simms says focus needs to be on youth and what goes on behind closed doors.

“We know we’ve got to focus younger and we know when children see violence in the home they think that’s normal and if they grow up in a violent household and they think violence is normal,” Simms said.

Simms says she thinks domestic violence is something people tend to ignore.

“Domestic violence is one that we know, I think, impacts significantly on the way children grow up and the way that they perceive violence,” Simms said.

Gordon says as Macon residence, we need to do our part.

“Law enforcement cannot be everywhere. They don’t live in our neighborhoods 24/7, but we do. So it is our responsibility to report any crime that you see,” Gordon said.

30 neighborhoods took part in Night to Unite by celebrating unity with food, games and fun.

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