Young boys play SAFE Archery games provided at the 4th of July festivities hosted by 307 Patriots this year.
As communities around the country defund police departments amid nation-wide protests meant to question the authority of law enforcement, those in Campbell County are stepping up to show support for their local police department and sheriff’s office.
Gillette business owner Joe Terry along with a group of five volunteers who recently conducted the first community-run 4th of July Celebration in over 30 years, have recently set their sights on boosting morale for law enforcement officers.
The group, which was formerly known as “Save the 4th of July Gillette” has rebranded themselves as the “307 Patriots.” Their goal: to provide the community with solutions and good times.
“We don’t have a lot of that tension between law enforcement and people in the community that you see in other places,” Terry said to the Patriots over dinner Wednesday. “That’s something I don’t want us to lose, so I think we should get the community together with officers to eat some burgers and watch softball.”
Terry said that he’s already invited the Campbell County Sherriffs Office and plans to speak with the Gillette Police Department in hopes of pinning the two against each other for a friendly, competitive game of law enforcement softball.
Terry will call the event the “Back in Blue Barbecue,” he said, as he hopes to get the community more familiar and comfortable with local law enforcement officers.
The barbecue will be held on Saturday, September 5, at Bicentennial Park, where the 307 Patriots plan to provide free burgers, bouncy houses, laser tag, SAFE archery and of course the Police vs. Sherriff softball game.