DPD hosting Fall Festival Saturday

The Douglasville Police Department is hosting its second Fall Festival and Safety Expo on Saturday.

Attendees are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys like toy trucks, games, basketballs, and flashcards for the less fortunate with the holidays around the corner.

"That's the reason for doing it," Police Chief Gary Sparks said of the donation drive. "But people can come and just expect a great day with their law enforcement."

The event will have 60-70 vendors, according to Sparks. Food trucks, bouncy houses, a K-9 demonstration, a costume contest, and tours of the department will be given at the event as well.

Vehicles and staff members from the sheriff's office and fire department are also going to be in attendance at the event. During one of Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson's town hall meetings a couple of weeks ago, Sparks said that this is the first time he's seen so many leaders unifying together for a specific cause.

"We have known each other for years and we serve the community as one because that's the only way the sheriff's office can do their job," Sparks said. "The fire department, the police department -- we must work together as a team. We can't be divisive in our working for the citizens and having jurisdictional line problems or jurisdictional issues as it relates to the sheriff's office and the police department because we're out here to keep our community safe."

Sparks encourages all citizens to come to the event to get to know the county's first responders better.

"That's what Saturday all about -- building community trust and building community legitimacy between the community and the police department," Sparks said.

The Fall Festival and Safety Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Douglasville Police Department Headquarters at 2083 Fairburn Rd. Building tours will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the K-9 demonstrations are planned from 1-3 p.m. and the costume contest will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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