The Albany Police Department's new officer of the year helps APD build better community relations.
Kawaski Barnes was nominated by his peers. He organizes many of the department's outreach programs such as picnics, a community Thanksgiving dinner, and a gospel concert.
He says he can't go the extra mile without help from his coworkers. "Without them, I wouldn't be able to do the things that I do and wouldn't be recognized for the things I do without them, so for me to stand here and say 'it's all me. Thank you very much for officer of the year,' no this award represents more than just me," Barnes said.