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Valdosta - They guard and protect our city, our county, our military bases here on the home front and across the globe. "We provide air base ground defense security for the perimeter of the base," said Marshall Armstrong, Moody Security Forces.

Law enforcement officers from Valdosta, Lowndes County, and Moody Air Force Base are giving the community an up close look into their line of work as part of National Police Week. "It's to show the community what we do, what equipment we have, to give them an opportunity to come out and meet and greet the police officers," said Armstrong.

It's a week to say thank you to the men and women behind the badge, but its also a chance for them to show us that there's more to their job than just writing tickets and arresting the bad guys. "It goes further than that, we give patrol to people's houses, we're a counselor, we're a teacher, so many things go into law enforcement," said Vernotis Williams, Valdosta Police Officer.

And it's also a way to show young children that the officers are there to help, not hurt them. "We need to try to teach kids that we're just here to plain and simply to do our job which is to protect the public," said Williams.

A job that this community is grateful for, not only during National Police Week, but all year long.

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