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RCSO hosts block party for Fieldstone View, Country Walk

Rockdale County Commissioners Oz Nesbitt, left, and JaNice Van Ness will join Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett, right, at a block party hosted by the Sheriff’s Office later this month for the Fieldstone View and Country Walk neighborhoods off Salem Road. (Special photo)

Rockdale County Commissioners Oz Nesbitt, left, and JaNice Van Ness will join Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett, right, at a block party hosted by the Sheriff’s Office later this month for the Fieldstone View and Country Walk neighborhoods off Salem Road. (Special photo)

CONYERS — The Salem Road corridor has been the focus on stepped up patrols for the past few months and, in its continuing effort to reduce crime for the residents and business owners there, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office will host a block party for the Country Walk and Fieldstone View subdivision from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31. The block party, which will be held on Country Walk Way, is designed to bring the neighborhood citizens closer together with one another and bridge a closer relationship with the RCSO to help fight crime in the community, the Sheriff’s Office stated.

“The purpose of the block party is not only for Sheriff Eric J. Levett to meet with the Fieldstone View and Country Walk residents, but also for everyone to discuss ideas on how the community can work with the RCSO to address crime and make the community safer and more vibrant,” according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

In November, the RCSO began increasing enforcement of the Salem Road area, which has consistently been a high-crime area. In 14 days’ time, RCSO deputies stopped more than 400 people, issued 241 citations and made 115 arrests, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The block party later this month is part of the Sheriff’s Office ongoing efforts to reduce crime in the area, said Sgt. Andrew Arnold.

In addition to residents having a chance to meet RCSO deputies, Rockdale County Commissioners JaNice Van Ness and Oz Nesbitt will also be on hand to discuss community concerns and plans for improvement.

Van Ness said on Monday that she has been working more closely with members of the Fieldstone View community in the past several months and is looking forward to speaking with them further about some of their concerns and to discuss her idea of using the funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program for abandoned or blighted homes in the neighborhood.

“Everybody I’ve worked with is interested in trying to improve the community,” Van Ness said.

“I hope every citizen in Country Walk and Fieldstone View will join us at the block party and meet members of the Sheriff’s Office and their neighbors” said Sheriff Levett. “Fighting crime in a community takes more than just locking people up. Making a community safer also requires the help of the residents to beautify the community.”