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Repeat offenders frustrate APD Chief

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany Police Chief John Proctor says his officers are frustrated that they are arresting the same people over and over again, and they are too often not be locked up for their crimes.

Proctor said state funding and prison shortages lead to Judges having to put criminals back on the street, especially young people.

"They don't have this fear that they are going to be locked up. We are making arrests. Y'all just don't realize we are making arrests," Proctor said.  "They are repeating so many times, and then they are telling other young people, oh you can do up to X number of times before you get sent away. There's no fear of it right now. We are particularly frustrated with that," Proctor said.

Chief Proctor said he is encouraged by the community response and outrage from these violent crimes.

He said many of his officers are working extra hours and days manning special details, targeting areas where violent crimes could happen.


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