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New campaign seeks to fight crime and stop violence

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A rapping police officer. That's just one part of a new outreach campaign by Valdosta Police.

They're trying to get people to work closely with them to stop violence and fight crime.

From murders to armed robberies and crimes in between, to reduce the crime, Valdosta Police have introduced a new campaign called the "Anti-Don't Be A Snitch."

"I think it's wonderful," said Krystal Sawyer, a Valdosta resident. "I support the police 100 percent."

"Things that are on TV, radio that sort of thing seem to get my attention more than anything else," said Wayne Owens, a Lowndes County resident.

One officer produced a rap song. Valdosta Police have also created Public service announcements, plan to put messages on billboards, and are passing out flyers like these.

The rap song titled Break the Silence was created by Detective Sabrina Smith and has been played on radio stations and on the city's government channel 17.

These are some of the lyrics. "When I woke up this morning I had a lot on mind trying to find a solution with this problem called crime."

"Is Valdosta a dangerous city? No, whatsoever, it's still a good city but I think we need to work together," said Valdosta Police Commander Eugene Bell.

Owens agrees.

"It's our responsibility as citizens to aid our police department," said Owens.

And like Detective Smith says in the song, "We got to work together this is our city and we take the crime of the streets we make it pretty."

Police say they constantly try to work closely with the public, but this outreach campaign is the first of its kind.

If you see crime in Valdosta call the tip line. Police prefer to have your name, but you can remain anonymous by calling (229) 293-3091.

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