Annual crime-fighting event Tuesday
By Mary Katherine Murphy
LAURINBURG — Hundreds are invited to converge on downtown Laurinburg on Tuesday evening to declare the area a crime-free zone.
Sponsored by the Laurinburg Police Department, several law enforcement and emergency service agencies will participate in the nationwide National Night Out from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street between Church and Railroad streets.
“This is a nationwide event to show solidarity with all agencies in each community to show that we’re standing up against crime and we’re trying to unite the community,” said police chief Darwin Williams.
“It’s important that this is held every year. It brings folks from all walks of life together for one purpose.”
Free activities will include bounce houses and face painting. The Tuesday Cruisers and Outkast Cruisers will display a selection of antique automotive power, and performers will range from Scotland High varsity cheerleaders and cloggers to storytellers.
The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office will fingerprint children aged 6 and under for identification cards, and a few deputies will get a respite from the warm weather in a dunking booth.
One of the event’s highlights will inevitably be the planned meet and greet with the 2015 Fighting Scots football team.
Food vendors will be available, including ice cream from Jerry’s Deli.
Several garages worth of law enforcement, fire, rescue, and EMS equipment will be on display, and the police department will offer a drunk driving simulation using a golf cart and “fatal vision” goggles.
“It’s a crime-free night to come out, meet your emergency services personnel, and get to know us on a one-on-one basis in a social setting,” said Laurinburg Police Department Sgt. Vernon Jackson.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.