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APD will police elections

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In anticipation of potential traffic problems or other trouble at the polls Albany Police are activating their Special Operations unit for election day.

The unit is expected to deal with anything from crowd control to traffic trouble at any of Dougherty County's 28 polling locations. Dougherty County School Police will also help keep voters moving at 11 polling locations inside schools. Officers will be stationed wherever election officials feel they are needed both inside and outside the polls.

"We've seen the media reports, we've seen the long lines and we've heard about the anticipated long lines for Tuesday so the Albany Police department wants to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get their vote cast and to make sure they are able to cast their votes in a safe manner," said Phyllis Banks Whitley, Albany Police Media Manager.

Both the Dougherty County Police and the Lee County Sheriff's office say they'll keep a close eye on polling locations to keep traffic moving smoothly, with more people expected to cast ballots Election day.

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