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Dougherty first responders gear up for National Night Out

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Police are asking the community for donations to help students get the school supplies they need to begin the school year.

Tuesday  more than a dozen volunteers, including members of the Albany Police Teen Academy, stuffed a thousand bags of school supplies.  Those bags will be donated during their 7th Annual National Night Out July 31st. This year for the first time, all the Albany and Dougherty County law enforcement agencies, fire department, and EMS will partner together to host the National Night Out Event.  They'll give out free food, drinks, and school supplies while meeting with the community.

"We want the children of the community to see the police in a different light," said Dougherty County Police Detective Tamiko Whitlock.  "We want them to understand we're not just coming to you when things are bad.  We want to make sure you have everything that you need to start the year off, to have a great school year."

National Night Out will be July 31st from 5 to 8 pm at Radium Springs Middle School.  Police want to make sure they have plenty of free school supplies for all the students in need, so they are asking the community to donate school supplies or money to buy them.

You can drop them off at the Dougherty County Police headquarters, or call 430-6600.

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