Johnson City celebrates the community in Founders Park

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – An outpouring of support for Johnson City Police made Chief Sirois want to say, thank you.

Johnson City’s inaugural “Party in the Park” today in Founders Park was a celebration of our community. Johnson City’s Community Roundtable initiative is working to develop positive relationship between law enforcement and the community.

“The perception is that police are just out there to arrest people and that’s not the reality,” Mayor Clayton Stout said.

The event allowed the community to have some fun and meet the brave men and women who put their lives on the line everyday.

“We have the opportunity to dialogue and converse and communicate about things in our community, things that are of importance, things that are of concern and reach some solutions and move forward,” Police Chief Mark Sirois said.

Johnson City resident Mikki Maczka said her son loves to play and she’s grateful for the event so that she can introduce her young son Anderson to police.

“I try to encourage him to anytime he sees a police officer to wave or to speak to them and I tell him they are our local heroes,” Maczka said.

She said it’s also an opportunity to branch out and meet people from different backgrounds.

“We kind of stay on our block and with his pre-school friends and to be able to get out and just meet people, it’s a great opportunity to do that and there’s a lot of value in that,” Maczka said.

It’s a work in progress and Chief Sirois said it may not happen quickly but we’re moving in the right direction.

“The main thing is that we’re working together and we’re moving it forward so we can have the safest, most secure, peaceful place to live that we can make it in our city,” Chief Sirois said.

Mayor Stout said he hopes they continue the event for years to come. To learn more visit johnsoncitytn.gov/police.Copyright WJHL 2016. All rights reserved.

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