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Law enforcers warn not to fish or swim in retention ponds

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A safety warning from the Dougherty County police about fishing or swimming in retention ponds.     

Police warn you not to fish or swim in retention ponds. Dougherty County Police officers say they see more people around the ponds when the weather warms up, but they say they aren't meant for recreation.

They catch runoff and hold rainwater and can be dangerous if you fall in, especially if you don't know how to swim.

"Just like the retention pond we are at right now, when it fills up with water, parts of the ground are going to get very mushy and soggy and you can actually get stuck in that and you don't know at any time an alligator could be in any of these ponds at any time," says Captain Tom Jackson, with the Dougherty County Police

He also says you should never jump a fence to get to a retention pond because that is trespassing.

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