Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
January 9, 2007
Albany - Children can be vulnerable to crimes at any time, even while they are at school. Anything from a simple fight to theft and sexual abuse. But if you want to know one of the biggest threats to children, you don't have to look inside the schools.
Since the school year began in August, Dougherty County School System Police officers have responded to more than 350 cases. You probably wouldn't be surprised to know that kids get into lots of fights, which accounts for the 54 assault and battery cases, and they disrupted school about 58 times, but one of the largest areas police officers dealt with, 59 cases, was children being abused, not at school, but at home.
Police Chief Troy Conley says, "The initial outcry is where a student or an individual that is labeled as a victim comes forward to a school administrator."
Surprisingly, the police department didn't deal with a lot of drug investigations. They only had 11 cases in five months, but Chief Troy Conley says you may see an increase in those numbers because he's cracking down on law breakers.
Conley says, "we work with the drug unit in conducting routine sweeps and random sweeps using the drug detection dogs."
Because kids will be kids, there have been 11 bomb threats this year, that can probably also be tied into disruption of school, but don't blame the students for everything. The police department responds to everything that happens on school system property.
"Although we are a school police department," says Conley, "we respond to the same types of calls any law enforcement agency would. If we come into contact with an offender that violates state law, then we handle it accordingly."
Police also responded to 28 thefts, six sexual assault cases, but no rapes or aggravated cases. There were also reports of weapons on campus, but Chief Conley says there were no firearms.