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Above is a photo of a past Operation Christmas provided by Bladen County Law Enforcement Association.

The Bladen County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, known as the JCPC for short, focuses on juvenile justice issues and at-risk youth. This week the JCPC made two donations to local agencies.

JCPC Coordinator Sara S. West explained the local organization’s mission is to invest in local programs that provide community safety, quality prevention, and intervention while coordinating a comprehensive approach to address juvenile delinquency.

Joey Todd, Chairman of Bladen County JCPC, presented a $2,350 check to Sarah Murphy and Shane Todd with the Bladen Law Enforcement Association. The Bladen County Law Enforcement Association is responsible for distributing gifts for children in need at Christmas time, conducts safety training in schools, and provides firearm safety training.

Murphy, President of the local law enforcement association, said they are planning on delivering Christmas gifts this coming week. She also announced, more safety trainings will be offered in the new year.

Officer Freeman thanked the JCPC members for the large donation on behalf of the law enforcement association. He added, “This will go a long way.”

Chief William Howell of Bladenboro Police Department also received a $650 check from JCPC to help with the local police department’s annual Christmas for Kids campaign.

Chief Howell said, “Thank you all so much. We appreciate it.”

According to Murphy, the donations help JCPC reach its goals of supporting youth-oriented community activities and programs.

The local JCPC members are comprised of business leaders, faith-based leaders, school board members, law enforcement officials, court counselors, mental health workers, parks and recreation employees, the county manager, district court judges, county commissioners, and youth representatives from the communities within Bladen County.

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