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DoCo safety officials ready for National Night Out

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County police and first responders are helping hundreds of students get ready for the first day of school Monday.

With help from the community, they've prepared hundreds of bags of school supplies to hand out for tonight's National Night Out, for crime and drug prevention.

They're expecting a huge turnout this year, after last year more than 3,000 attended to collect supplies and meet with the men and women that protect our communities.

Community businesses and members have provided everything from the food and supplies to activities.

"Last year we did 700 back to school supplies, which we did run out," said Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick, Dougherty County Police. "This year our goal was 800 bags and we have exceeded that. We have approximately 816 bags now, and we still have some donations coming in."

They'll also be providing fingerprinting and other activities for children during the block party.

Most cities from across the country will be participating in National night out next week, but Dougherty county officials are holding it tonight to make sure students are ready to go for school next week.

Free supplies and food will be offered there at Radium Springs Middle, Thursday night from 5pm to 8pm.

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