Appalachian Guardian Angels Child Abuse Prevention Network, Inc. thanks Jasper PD Officers
Jasper Police Department, Officer Patterson, and Officer Knight recognized for their outstanding effort to help a family in crisis.
Appalachian Guardian Angels Child Abuse Prevention Network, Inc. serves the three counties of Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. It is our mission is to educate, provide peer-to-peer support, facilitate self-esteem building workshops, and offer community awareness events to survivors and families who have been through the devastation and heartbreak of Child Abuse. This type of victim-to-victim support helps everyone feel comfortable breaking their silence and telling their stories, while being supported by a group of people who really know how they feel because we all at AGA have our own life experience with abuse. When a survivor experiences helping others heal, they become Powerful Advocates in the fight against child abuse.
Roccoís Pub allows us to speak and provide educational activities every Wednesday evening from 6 pm to closing. This past Wednesday our staff left Roccoís and went to Waffle House at the intersection of Hwy 53 and 515 to have coffee and discuss future activities for citizens in need of our services. We were easily identifiable because we were wearing our Appalachian Guardian Angelís Child Abuse Prevention Network shirts. A distraught young woman approached us with details of an abuse that had taken place 8 hours earlier in another county. Law enforcement had been called but no action was taken about the abuse of the child. The evidence of abuse was overwhelming so we contacted JPD. Two officers, Officer Patterson and Officer Knight, responded very quickly.
The abuse took place in another county south of here, which meant that Jasper Police Department did not have to do anything except send this family back to the county the incident happened in. Instead, these two Officers immediately began sorting the details of the abuse and were awesome in providing this family as much advice as possible. These officers even notified the county the abuse took place in trying to find out as many details as possible. Our Jasper Police Department Officers gave this family comfort during their time of need.
We applaud Jasper Police Department for their undaunted devotion to duty. We are extremely grateful to be a part of a community such as the one we all share right here in Pickens County. We all should be looking at how much our Police Department cares!
We want to say Thank You Officer Patterson and Officer Knight for all your dedication and devotion to the Children of Pickens County!