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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -South Georgians got to know the cops who protect them Tuesday night.

Numerous law enforcement agencies in our area took part in the 27th Annual National Night Out. Police and families are working together to take back their neighborhoods.

Crime Stoppers, Albany Police, and other volunteers fired up the grill for burgers and hot dogs. Families from all three districts were invited to enjoy the free food and games. Dasja Appleberry is glad to be part of Albany's first city-wide fight against crime.

"They're trying to protect our well-being and I'm glad they want to keep us safe," said Appleberry

Safetec Security also provided child safety kits for parents in case their children ever had to be identified. A finger print stamp, identity tags, and bags for locks of hair are inside too keep records of children in case of emergencies. Albany Police say they need the community's help to help prevent crimes from occurring.

"We can't fight crime to the best of our ability without the community's help," said Albany Police Media Manager, Phyllis Banks.

Ashaunti Allen understands police are on her side when it comes to keeping her and her family safe, especially when they want to enjoy a "Night Out."

"I'm glad to know nobody will get hurt or break into our houses," said Allen.

Community events like these help raise awareness to help limit these crimes. As people enjoy pizza and burgers they remember the real idea behind National Night Out. That is to fight back against crime and drugs in our neighborhoods.

Last year, more than 36 million people nationwide took part in National Night Out.

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