Sheriff's Office Uses Facebook Videos to Share Drop in Crime
By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has posted several videos on its Facebook page showing the community that the agency's "got your back".
The videos for the "We Got Your Back" campaign were made in house and show how the sheriff's new community policing philosophy is working.
The Facebook videos are getting many likes from viewers like you.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office made three promotional videos that boasts the office's new approach to crime fighting and a reduction in crime.
"When we went to the community policing philosophy, we wanted to do everything we can to stay in touch with the community and the community has actually helped us solve a lot of crimes," said Lt. Lewis Blanchard.
The videos were first posted on the Richmond County Sheriff's Office Facebook page back in November, but have gained new attention after they were shared again. This coming after city leaders exempted Sheriff Richard Roundtree from an approved budget cut costing tax payers nearly $900,000. Lt. Blanchard said marketing is a part of their jobs.
"It's all a part of our community policing and it's the direction we're heading. Right now, we're operating at the same budget, basically, that we were in year's past and we're making it happen," said Lt. Blanchard
The videos are getting rave reviews from citizens.
JyNelle Handy posted "I'm applauding this plan. It's working in the Hephzibah area! Turning the corner and seeing an officer parked "in the neighborhood" makes for safer communities."
Phillip Williams says "This dramatic drop in crime shows what happens when you have a law enforcement agency that understands community policing."
Lt. Blanchard says the Sheriff's office is working with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to make a video about traffic problems in our area. That video would be paid for by the state.