Viewpoint: Help the cops

Hundreds of people showed up at Albany's Tift Park Saturday to get to know their neighbors and their police officers better.  Albany Police sponsored 'A Day with a Cop' to build better community relations, hoping that will lead to a safer city.

Investigators often tell us how much they need your help to put criminals behind bars.  When people know something about a crime and don't speak up, those criminals stay on the streets and almost certainly will victimize someone else.

When people do speak up and tell officers what they know, the chances of solving a crime skyrocket.  One recent example is the burglary at the pawn shop owned by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips' family.

The crooks stole numerous guns.  Imagine the danger to our whole community, to your family, if those guns had been sold to gangs or other criminals.  But tipsters told investigators what they knew.  Police raided homes, recovered the guns, and arrested the suspects.

That kind of communication with the cops keeps us all safer.  Don't be afraid to speak up.  If you see something, say something.  In Dougherty County, you can call crime stoppers at 436-TIPS and remain anonymous.

It's the right thing to do, and it could keep your family from becoming a victim of crime.