Unity Night to honor WPPD on Oct. 19

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Clay County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presents Unity Night from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Delta House, located at 218 Cottrell St., to promote understanding and unity between the West Point Police Department and the community.

Delta Sigma Theta member Bettye Swift said the sorority wanted to honor former Police Chief Tim Brinkley and welcome the new Police Chief Avery Cook.

“Police Chief Cook will be talking about Neighborhood Watch,” Swift said. “It was very effective previously and Cook is going to discuss what needs to be done to reinstate it.”

Cook said he has been working with the Board of Selectmen about the needs and issues in neighborhoods in the community, and he believes improving Neighborhood Watch will help with those issues.

Swift said Mayor Robbie Robinson and the Board of Selectmen were invited to be a part of the event.

“You see an uptick in crime during the holiday season, so people keeping an eye on each other’s homes is always a good idea,” Swift said.

Cook said he believes the Unity Night will have a positive impact on the WPPD’s relationship with the community.

“One of my goals when I became Police Chief was to unify the community and the police department,” Cook said. “So I think the Unity Night will be a step in the right direction for achieving that.”