Deputy Hope Bearden hosted a Christmas Party this afternoon giving children a chance to visit with Santa, receive presents and holiday treats. 1980 Country Road is the homeland of Bearden's community engagement project she began five years ago. She says the Christmas party was all about interacting with the little ones.
Deputy Hope Bearden says, "Sometimes the kids, they don't have good experiences with law enforcement and today all it is for law enforcement to interact with the kids. If they're happy and have a smile on their face, that makes us happy too."
Some of Bearden's other initiatives include marking accurate and visible mobile home numbers, instituting outdoor lighting, and making an effort to build and fund a neighborhood playground.