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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

December 31, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Crime is down in Albany over the last six months.

On his last day on the job, Outgoing Chief James Younger announced that crime during the second half of the year was down 8 percent over the same period in 2007. It was up 16 percent in the first half of '08.

Younger said serious crimes went down each month since August, he credits several reasons.

APD is at full staff for the first time in years, officers now use district stations instead of reporting to their beats from police headquarters, and more officers work overtime to fill spots when officers are on leave or training.

Younger also says the Tactical Unit and Gang Unit have been successful at addressing crime trends.

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