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Chiefs want to open lines of communication

August 6, 2007

Albany--  Albany and Dougherty County law enforcers come together to improve their communication and come up with ways to protect you better. They say cooperation is vital for them to be successful in fighting crime.

Dougherty and Albany Chiefs and other leaders emerged from an hour and a half closed door meeting at the Law Enforcement Center Monday afternoon. "We're trying to get together and get our ducks in a row," said Dougherty County Sheriff Jamil Saba.

All the safety big wigs were in one room discussing crime in our area and how they can work to curb it. "We do have a lot of crime in Albany that we don't need. We need to get rid of it," said Saba.

To get rid of it, each agency needs to find out what other departments are doing and then use that information to work together. "It's always good to sit down face to face and talk," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

That's the key they say-- communication.

"When a crime occurs in one jurisdiction, we give out a hot sheet immediately to all of our officers for safety more or less. When a crime occurs in the county, I want to know about it immediately," said Albany State University Police Chief Roberson Brown.

Although they wear different uniforms, crime doesn't have uniformity. It crosses city and county lines. "Bad guys don't look at city limits and county limits and they don't look at whether they're on campus or off campus," said Chief Cheek.

"We all have the same similar issues but working together as a team, that lets the community know that we're working to enhance the law enforcement service we provide," said Chief Brown.

These chiefs say the teamwork starts right now. "We already have a meeting scheduled for next month to come up with ideas and we have each other's e-mail so we can send out information," said Brown. So lawbreakers better beware.

"This is what we're here for, to fight crime. We're here to serve the people of this community and the way to serve these people is to get these hoodlums off the street," said Sheriff Saba.

You'll now have the green, the blue and whatever other color that fights crime, now all on the same team.

Some of those same safety leaders will meet again in the near future to discuss the reorganization of the SWAT team. They're expected to develop a written protocol on how the unit should be run.

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