BRADENTON – Manatee County will highlight one month’s worth of public safety and wellness tips throughout April, Smart Justice Month, as part of the National Association of
Counties’ annual County Government Month.
Manatee’s myriad public safety-related and wellness programs will be highlighted on the county’s website throughout the month. The County will also host an April 24 Smart Justice showcase on the front lawn of Manatee County Historic Courthouse. From noon until 4 p.m., Manatee County Government departments, the Clerk of the Circuit Courts Office and Manatee County Health Department will set up displays highlighting their contributions to a safer community.
Smart Justice Month coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Manatee County’s downtown buildings will be partially lit blue every night of April in memory of those who have died as a result of child abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse.
The month long event highlights Manatee County Government’s commitment to promoting a safe and healthy community, said Manatee County Community Services Director Brenda Rogers. Rogers has led County Government Month events over the past two years when Manatee County has been recognized with first-place finishes for its County Government Month by the National Association of Counties.
“This year’s theme fits naturally with so many County programs and services that are designed to protect our homes and neighborhoods,” said Rogers whose Community Services Department includes Manatee County Probation Services. “We try to make the most of any chance to tell people about the good things we’re doing to make Manatee County a safe place to call home.”
Each year counties across the country celebrate National County Government Month to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government.
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