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Officers turn in badges after gunfire

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More than a half dozen Albany Police officers have called it quits since suspected gang members tried to shoot one of their fellow officers last week.

The City Manager says seven officers turned in their resignations as a result of that shooting. Seven suspects are now in jail, accused of opening fire on Officer Dillard Glover as he responded to a call on East Residence Avenue last Tuesday morning. Glover wasn't hurt.

City Manager James Taylor says this type of mass resignation is common after an incident where police are targeted because the reality of the danger of their job hits home.

"We have to find a way to help them handle this. We have to help them understand that we're on their side and we will support them and that all they got to do is the best they can do and that we'll give them all the tool to protect them and keep them as safe as we can and hopefully they'll stay," said Albany City Manager Col. James Taylor.

Taylor says he and Chief John Proctor are working to bring in counselors to speak with officers. He says the men and women who come face to face with the danger on the streets are often younger officers with families.

An Albany Police Commander recently told Taylor he's having a hard time filling shifts because of vacancies.

 

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