Six county jail inmates supervised by Sheriff Erik Apperson and Sgt. Trinity Williams took advantage of a beautiful Friday afternoon to clean up debris and trash along the shores at Beachfront Park.
The group started near Battery Point Lighthouse, walked out to the end the B Street and doubled back to Beachfront Park, filling large bags with trash.
Apperson said he hopes to do more in the future and potentially create a program where inmates can receive credit toward their full sentences.
“Initially, it will be an opportunity to be productive with their time, help their time go by faster and give back to the community,” he said. He added that he would like to expand the program to include other inmates who have shown they can behave and be trusted.
“But the driving force of this is to give some of them an opportunity to serve the community even a little bit,” he said.
Apperson also welcomed assistance from other area agencies interested in cleaning up areas around the county.
“I’m trying to frontload this with an effort, rather than asking anyone for help,” he said. “We’ll demonstrate that we are going to meet them more than halfway if any community partners want to present themselves.” Apperson said Recology has already reached out by offering dumpsters for cleanups.
“I’m not asking the community for much,” Apperson said. “I’m just hoping they see what we’re doing and some folks will pop up and want to get on board.”
Those interested in partnering on such projects should call the sheriff at 707-464-4191.