(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will be joining with our citizens and faith based organizations to celebrate National Faith and Blue Weekend locally from Friday, October 7th thru Sunday, October 9th.
According to a letter that was sent out to approximately 150 houses of worship in Oconee County by Dan Holland, Director of Cultural Awareness and Inclusion for the Sheriff’s Office, “National Faith and Blue Weekend facilitates safer and stronger communities by engaging Law Enforcement Officers, and local residents, through connections with faith-based organizations.”
Also in the letter was a schedule for local events here in Oconee County for Faith and Blue Weekend:
· On Friday, October 7th, Foothills Community Church, at 505 Bountyland Road, will be sponsoring and serving a “Cookout for Cops and Clergy” luncheon from 11:30am until 2pm. The luncheon is for Law Enforcement Officers who serve in Oconee County and those who lead Faith Based Organizations.
· On Saturday, October 8th, citizens from Oconee County are invited to join law enforcement and leaders from Faith Based Organizations in the Sheriff’s Office Annual National Faith and Blue CommUNITY Walk, beginning after 9am at the Oconee County Courthouse. A prayer will be offered at 9:05am. Those participating will walk from the Courthouse to the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center, which is located at 300 S. Church Street in Walhalla. At the LEC, Sheriff Crenshaw and others will address those who are participating in the walk. Water and refreshments will be available.
· Also, during worship services held during National Faith and Blue Weekend, the Sheriff’s Office is asking that leaders and clergy offer prayers for law enforcement and our communities as well as recognizing any law enforcement officers who may be in attendance in those services.
Parking for the Community Walk on Saturday, October 8th will be available at the Courthouse as well as the Law Enforcement Center at 300 S. Church Street. A shuttle service will be provided, beginning at 8:30am Saturday, from the Law Enforcement Center to the Courthouse for those who would like to ride before the Community Walk.