On a Thursday night in April, Glennville is the safest city in Georgia, or at least the most protected.
Nearly two thousand sheriffs, deputies, police officers, and others in public safety gathered for a law enforcement appreciation dinner.
Businessman Wayne Dasher founded the event 27 years ago at his pond house along with the sheriffs of Tattnall and surrounding counties.
"It's a chance for these folks to come together and talk about what they do and know that we appreciate what they do for us," Dasher said.
Governor Nathan Deal took the occassion to sign legislation into law that keeps grief counseling sessions between counselors and officers or their families confidential.
The governor wasn't the only politician present. Nearly every candidate for statewide or congressional office was there to try and spread their message.
The strategy works, according to a former politician.
"The people in law enforcement that are here have influence in their communities back home," said former governor Sonny Perdue. "In most communities, except for the really large ones, people want to know what the sheriff thinks. This is a chance for the candidates to come here and meet them and make an impression."