CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Families of Carterville police officers got together to form a group called The Carterville Blue Line Network, in hopes to build strong relationships with officers, their families and the community.
Shawlyn Dungan, one of the co-founders, said the group wants to cast a positive light on the officers and show that while they are the ones that help enforce the law, they're also human and want others in the community to get to know the men and women in blue.
"It's kind of creating an atmosphere where the kids and the people in the area can get to know the officers on a personal basis," Dungan said. "Kids are often afraid of uniforms in general, so we wanted to give them a chance to get to know somebody outside of the uniform so that way when they see them in the uniform, that way they'll feel more at ease and approach them and talk to them and trust them more."
The group stated it currently has a list of events coming up later this year:
- Aug 12 - Glock 42 Gun Raffle drawing (will be announced on the group's Facebook page)
- Sept 11 & 12 - Police officer Dunk Tank and a booth at the Carterville Free Fair
- Oct 11 - Cornhole Tournament during the community and law enforcement fun day at Walker's Bluff
- Nov/Dec - Carterville Police Department's 3rd Annual Cops-N-Coats Coat drive
The Carterville Blue Line Network meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Carterville Tequilas at 7p.m.
Members of the Carterville Blue Line Network wanted to thank Artworks, the Carterville Tequilas and Walker's Bluff for helping them with their events and event planning.