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Festival aims to "Take a Bite out of Crime"

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Children are climbing, playing, and having a lot of fun with guests like McGruff the Crime Dog at Parham Bridges Park on Saturday. "We're trying to take as much a bite out of crime as we possibly can," says District 1 Supervisor Robert Graham, President of the Board of Supervisors.

Graham sponsored the "Bite out of Crime" Fall Carnival. He's joined by police officers, firefighters, EMT's, and Hinds County Sheriff's Deputies. Families are meeting the people who may respond to them first in an emergency.

"That's one of the things we wanted to make sure, people are not intimidated by our police officers, the sight of a police officer or sheriff's deputy, or a fire truck or even an ambulance," Graham says.

Kids got pictures taken with Darth Vader and Spiderman, and they received sheriff's badges and other goodies.

The free food and drinks served as a great way to get families out.

"My daughter is four, she loves that kind of stuff, she saw the fire truck, she said let's go see what's going on," says Michelle Johnson, who is visiting Jackson from Cleveland, Mississippi.

The festival doubles as a social opportunity, and a tool to raise awareness about who is available for help in taking a bite out of crime. 

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