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Police hold community day to fight crime

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Albany Police are working on a new strategy to protect kids. They hope building better community relations will encourage more people to report domestic violence, child abuse, and other crimes that endanger children.

WALB news Ten's Tayleigh Davis spoke with officers, child advocates, and parents about an outreach initiative people can take part in.

People say they don't talk to police off duty much, but if they had the chance to they would.

The Albany Police Department will hold a community day at Heath Park in East Albany so parents and kids can get to know them better.

"I would go," said Sheena Miller. "That would give me a chance to talk to them and not be so nervous."

Investigator Kawaski Barnes wants to be accessible to moms like Sheena Miller.

"We want to meet people as people. Not form a law enforcement standpoint."

They also want to prevent abuse by offering help to expectant mothers or families who may experience domestic abuse. In recent months, two Albany men were charged with murdering their girlfriends' young daughters. Earlier this month, emergency crews discovered a newborn's body in a trash can. Police want to prevent those kinds of deaths.

Parents can also meet Dougherty County Police Officers along with sheriff's deputies and firefighters who will participate in a tug-a-war contest with other departments. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will also be out there for families. Program Director, Evelyn Cookley, helps children in need.

"It's a great idea because it gives the children and community the opportunity to meet APD law enforcement," said Cookley.

Police say if people have a better perception of police officers, they can help officers fight and maybe even prevent some of these crimes.

Community day will last from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. this Saturday at Heath Park. 

People can bring food and coolers but no alcohol.