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Families Meet with Law Enforcement & Neighbors

Asheville's National Night out was another success this year at Carrier Park with several hundred families showing up with their children to socialize with police and deputies from both Asheville Police and Buncombe County Sheriffs. Sheriff Van Duncan and APD Chief William Anderson were the highest ranking officers at the meet and greet. Officers brought their squad cars out to showcase to kids as well as electric cars now used to patrol downtown. 11-year-old Shebyb Davis got to try out Newman APD's bomb squad robot for herself.

"This is amazing," said Davis after she successfully manipulated the control panel to have Newman pick up a grenade using the robot's hands. The demo is to show the public not only the gear used in serious situations such as a bomb threat but to see how police put themselves on the line as part of their jobs often in the field.

"I think it's a real good experience," said Bruce Sullivan, Shelby's brother. "I started a watch group in my neighborhood and I actually head it. It's good for her to see how different departments in law enforcement work."

by Kimberly King
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