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Project Shield targets truants

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A partnership between several Dougherty County agencies will study the relationship between school truancy and crime.  Through Project Shield, Albany State Master's level students will intern at the Dougherty County Sheriff's office.

They'll question inmates about their truancy and crimes. The effort is made possible through a grant from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. The county internship program connects college students with various county governments throughout the state.

"Grant dollars are hard to secure anymore but when we talk about civic engagement the corporate Georgia is interested in talking with us in partnership," said Ross King Association County Commission of Georgia Exec. Director.

"Truancy is a Kindergarten crime it's really the basis from which the criminal mindset or even the opportunity for a criminal lifestyle develops and springs from so if we can target at a young age this counterproductive behavior then there's no telling what positive results could grow," said Dougherty Co. Jail Administrator Col. John Ostrander.

Volunteers through the Labor Department's Georgia Works program will also help with the project.

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