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Sheriff's Office hosts 'Trunk or Treat'

By Mehgaan Jones

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office will host a Public Safety 'Trunk or Treat' event, that will allow children of all ages to have a safe and fun-filled, Halloween-oriented evening.

The event will include safe trick-or-treating, and fire trucks, police cars and ambulance-vehicles for children to view. It is called 'Trunk or Treat' because goodie bags will be handed out from the trunks of public safety vehicles, according to Assistant Chief Deputy Shawn Southerland.

'Trunk or Treat' will be held on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m., to 9:30 p.m., in the parking lot of the Harold R. Banke Justice Center, located at 9151 Tara Boulevard, in Jonesboro.

"We are hoping to make this a big event," said Southerland. He added that this is the first 'Trunk or Treat' event hosted by the Sheriff's Office, and said the hope is that the event will become an annual affair.

Officials stressed that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the event.

The sheriff's office will have volunteers from other agencies and local businesses assisting with the activities, to show their commitment to the community, according to Deputy Alicia Parkes, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office.

She added that the Sheriff's Office will provide a safe haven for kids to come out and enjoy themselves. "We want to also strengthen the trust and bond between law enforcement and the community," Parkes said.

For more information, or to volunteer for the event, contact Assistant Chief Deputy Southerland, at (404) 456-4693.