Watkinsville Police Chief Shannon Brock believes that the community is strongest and safest when citizens and police officers can relate to each other through shared values, hopes and dreams.

The Watkinsville Police Department’s inaugural Faith and Blue weekend will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. at Harris Shoals Park. There, police officers, churches and civilians will have a conversation about law enforcement and shared goals.

On Saturday, families will meet in front of Oconee State Bank at 8 a.m. and walk to Pulpit Rock at Watkinsville Woods. After the walk, the participating churches will hold a bake sale in the parking lot of first Christian Church of Watkinsville.

The movie “Courageous,” which is about community police officers, will be screened Saturday at 7 p.m. at Rocket Field. Those who attended are encouraged to bring a chair and blanket. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.

On Sunday, families will gather at 11 a.m. on Rocket Field for an interdenominational service. On Monday at 7 a.m., citizens are invited to have coffee with policemen at Jittery Joe’s. For more information, contact Officer Brandon Torrence at btorrence@cityofwatkinsville.comor call (706) 769-5161. 

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