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APD's restructured districts are working

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

July 26, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Changes made to the way Albany Police officers are located throughout the city is also helping in the fight against crime.

Albany Police now have three districts instead of four with a total of 17 beats. East Albany got an extra beat. Albany Police Chief James Younger piloted this new program back in January to help meet the higher call volume in that side of town.

"We are actually seeing more officers on the streets with this, which is a drastic change from the times when we had very few officers on the street. Back when I first started, we only had three officers in East Albany. Now we are up to five officers on every shift on the Eastside," said Lt. Tracey Barnes.

These changes are now permanent. Albany police say the changes should also improve their response times, and better distribute officer's workloads.

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