Franklin County cancels National Night Out event, offers alternatives online


FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has canceled its Night Out event scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the department’s Facebook page, Standing Watch – Office of the Sheriff, Franklin County, Va., will make daily posts highlighting various pieces of the Office of the Sheriff. The scheduled posts will cover:

  • Monday, August 3 – Citizens on Patrol (COPS) Program
  • Tuesday, August 4 – Previous National Night Out Events
  • Wednesday, August 5 – Thank you to Franklin County Public Safety
  • Thursday, August 6 – K9’s of FCSO
  • Friday, August 7 – Deputy Alejandro and Martial Arts
  • Saturday, August 8 – Our E911 Communications Center
  • Sunday, August 9 – Boat Patrol
  • Monday, August 10 – Project Lifesaver
  • Tuesday, August 11 – Office of the Sheriff, Local Schools Involvement
  • Wednesday, August 12 – Office of the Sheriff, Division Showcases
  • Thursday, August 13 – Closing Statements

“The annual National Night Out event is such an exciting time for our organization to come together with the community and showcase who we are as an agency. Due to COVID restrictions, the Office of the Sheriff elected to use an alternative approach to this year’s event and is producing a two week long department showcase through posts on our Standing Watch Facebook page. We continue to be grateful for the great community that we serve and want to thank our residents for making Franklin County a great place to live!”

W.Q. “Bill” Overton, Jr., Franklin County Sheriff

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