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Public Safety risk in Dougherty County?

July 16, 2007

Albany - Dougherty County commissioners want to know if they can count on the SWAT team in times of crisis.

At Monday's meeting, commissioners voiced concerns about recent SWAT resignations. They're especially worried about what would happen if the team was needed in a situation where public safety was at risk.

"When our police chief in Dougherty county says he would have to call Crisp County for the SWAT team, we need something much closer than that, particularly in Albany and we need to find out what's going on and get things straightened out," said Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.  "We need somebody who's running it that can respond to our needs when we need them to respond."

Commissioners say it appears an overall lack of communication between police agencies resulted in the SWAT resignations.

County Administrator Richard Crowdis plans to meet with City Manager Al Lott and APD Chief James Younger to discuss those issues.

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