Aulander promotes crime prevention
Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 30, 2005
AULANDER n If Aulander officials have their way, this sleepy little town tucked just inside the Bertie County line will treat criminal activity just as they would a bowl of week-old chicken salad n tossed it out in the garbage.
In an effort to raise community awareness to crime prevention, the Town of Aulander will take part in a National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The local event, which is open free to the public, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. at the Aulander Community Building, located on South Commerce Street across from Massey Funeral Home.
"We're giving crime and drugs a going away party," said Jimmy Barmer, Chief of the Aulander Police Department. "Please come out and help us say goodbye to those who choose an illegal lifestyle. We want to raise awareness to crime prevention. The more we are able to get the citizens involved, the safer we can make our communities and our neighborhoods."
Aulander citizens and business owners within the town will join in on a national event. An expected 33 million people in 10,000 communities nationwide will join forces on Aug. 2 to promote police-community partnership, crime, drug and violence prevention, promote neighborhood unity and to fingerprint nearly two million children who run a daily risk of abduction.
Barmer said the event will feature free hot dogs, a dunking booth and games for the kids, possibly including a 14-foot slide.
Additionally, information tables will feature displays from law enforcement and fire/rescue officials. Those individuals will be available to answer questions concerning public safety.
"We want to send a message to those thinking about criminal activity in our town that we are organized to fight back against them," Barmer said.
In signing a proclamation that includes the town in the National Night Out event, Aulander Mayor Joe Jernigan said, "It is essential that all citizens of Aulander are aware of the importance of crime prevention programs and the impact their participation can have on reducing crime, drugs and violence in our town."
"This is our first time in doing this so let's make this a big event that maybe other communities in our area will follow," Barmer concluded. "That way, not only will we keep crime out of Aulander, but other local towns as well."
To date, numerous business and individuals have opted to sponsor Aulander's version of National Night Out. They are as follows:
Friendly Food Mart
Wilder Funeral Home
Massey Funeral Home
Bertie Ambulance Service Inc.
Town of Aulander
Maybelline Cleaning Service
Southern Bank of Aulander
DBA Preferred Medical Transport
Red Apple Market
Trinity Plus One
Pepsi of Elizabeth City
Aulander Medical Practice, PA
Aulander Fire Dept
Aulander Rescue Squad
Aulander Ruritan Club
Ahoskie Police Dept
Murfreesboro Police Dept.
Bertie County Sheriffs Dept
Signs By Richard
Windsor Police Dept.
John Finch Early VFW and Ladies Auxiliary
Winton Police Dept.
Bertie County Community Corrections
Guiding Light Home Health Care, Inc.