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Other towns want HEAT cops

April 2, 2007

Albany -- Dougherty County HEAT units are doing such a good job at keeping motorists safe at home, they will now be used in other cities.  

Since the HEAT unit was established at the Dougherty County Police Department, the number of people killed in traffic wrecks has been cut in half. Injuries are also down by half.

Now, the two HEAT officers will assist Chatham County law enforcers who have already had 14 fatalities this year during Operation Thunder.

"Savannah stated they had double digit fatalities in the first three months," said Dougherty County Police  Lt. Tom Jackson. "That's quite incredible if you think about it, double digit fatalities, so the Governor's Office of Highway Safety decided to help them address it by pulling their resources together, and sending these units that they're already funding, these HEAT officers that are out here addressing these problems so they decided to concentrate them in an area and see if they can help them."

Operation Thunder begins Tuesday. State patrol units will also assist in the program.

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