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FBI Task Force assisting Moultrie police with patrols

Lt. Steven Colgan, MPD Lt. Steven Colgan, MPD
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

After a string of violent crimes in Moultrie, police have a new plan to fight it.

The Moultrie Police Department says the requested they assistance from the FBI Task Force to help their agency protect their citizens.

With several recent shootings and armed robberies, the Moultrie Police Department is working around the clock trying to keep things under control.

They asked for assistance from FBI Gang Task Force from the Southern Judicial Circuit.

"We want to keep the community safe. So an increase presence in those areas is always a great thing," said Lt. Steven Colgan, MPD.

The task force is made up of officers from Colquitt, Lowndes and Thomas counties and the Moultrie and Valdosta police departments. They'll help beef up patrols as long as needed.

"We're still looking at it. We're trying to find out how successful it is. If it's a benefit to the community and were just going forward from there," said Colgan.

The police department also wants the public to help keep their neighborhoods safe.

"You have a lot of people that have lived in different neighborhoods for a lot of years. You have people that have lived there for 20-30 years and the neighborhood starts falling apart around them, but that doesn't mean we go away, we're still there to keep them safe," said Colgan.

Colgan says the FBI task force helps with extra patrols several times a year.

"We also have a staff member that's a part of the task force, so we participate in it. We send our people to assist those other agencies also. So it's very reciprocal," said Colgan.

And Colgan says the FBI task force has already started making their rounds on the streets of Moultrie.

Investigators say, right now, it doesn't appear there is a connection with most of those incidents.  

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