State and local officials gathered at the Bensley Community Center Tuesday night in celebration of the 28th National Night Out and used the opportunity to address local residents on the importance of the working partnership between local law enforcement and the community.
Among those in attendance were Bermuda Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, Chesterfield County Sheriff Dennis Profitt, Chesterfield’s Chief of Police Thierry Dupuis, and Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Dozens of county citizens also enjoyed refreshments and live entertainment by The Southern Strings, a local band.
About an hour after activities began, a press conference was held, providing these elected officials a chance to address their community on numerous issues they felt were important to illuminate.
“Chesterfield County continues to be recognized throughout the region and our country for our successes in bringing this event – and others like it – together,” said Col. Dupuis. “It brings us all together, it gives us an opportunity to get to know each other better, and also what it does is it builds a much stronger community and improves our continued quality of life.”
For Cuccinelli, who was appointed to his present term in 2010, spoke on how the quality of life for people of the Commonwealth depends heavily on the relationship between law enforcement and “local folks;” whose watchful eye helps to keep area youth free from dangerous activities such as gang involvement – an issue many county officials work to eradicate.
The Attorney General shared some of the current concerns his office works to combat – that being the fraudulent exploitation of the elderly in our state and, once again, the emergence of gang culture, to name a few.
Cuccinelli also stressed the importance of citizens keeping a keen eye on people within their community.
“I’m very proud of the work that the people in our office do,” said Cuccinelli. “They’re very committed to you and to your safety and their partnership with local law enforcement officials. I know there’s still a lot of work to be done to keep our communities safe , but we will continue to work with our local law enforcement – and again you have some great ones here in Chesterfield County.”