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NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office is now using an electronic sign in their effort to engage more people in the partnership between law enforcement and the public.

“We watched as businesses, restaurants, churches, schools, and the animal shelter installed electronic signs to reach more people and effectively communicate their messages to those often not reached through standard communication methods,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “We began working closely with the County Administrator and his staff and we were able to make budget adjustments in our building project so that we too could afford such a sign. We felt that the sacrifices we made were worth it to have another means of communication with the public.”

The electronic sign, which will be placed in front of the sheriff’s office, will allow messages like Amber Alerts, weather statements, safety messages, crime notifications, rewards for crimes and other critical messages to be seen by the motoring public.

“We believe that this will give us another valuable tool in our efforts to reach out to the public,” said Foster. “It is only possible to have a successful relationship between law enforcement and the public when there is great communication. We believe that this sign like email alerts, Facebook and other outreaches will be an important part of our communication with the public and will make us more effective as partners for a better, safer community.”

Foster said that the sign will last for many years into the future delivering critical messages to the public and serving as another tool to help law enforcement and the public work together.

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