ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police were able to take time from patrolling the streets of the city Monday afternoon to enjoy a hot meal provided by Open Arms of Albany.
"By giving them a meal will really show that we appreciate the work that they do in our community and it shows our love for them and continuing our partnership," said Shaundra Stephens.
A partnership that helps the nonprofit fulfill their mission of bringing help and support to children, adults, and families.
"Just to tell them thank you and we are grateful for them bringing in youth off the street so we can prevent homelessness in our community and surrounding counties," said Maricka Benton.
Open Arms workers served bowls of chili to officers who dropped by the East Albany precinct between calls or shifts. It's not the first time Open Arms has reached out like this, and the officers appreciate it.
"I think it's a real nice gesture, it apart of gratitude and thanks because we work with Open Arms as a whole police department on several cases. When they have several problem they will call us and vice versa," said Captain Michael Persley.
With so many people around the country criticizing police officers right now, Open Arms and Albany Police leaders hope this event will let people know officers here want to protect and serve.
"here is one example that just cause something is happening somewhere else doesn't mean it happening here in Albany. We've always had a great relationship with the community," Captain Michael Persley.
Open Arms is planning other events to say thanks to Albany Police.
Last month, Open Arms said 'thank you' to the Albany Fire Department by feeding firefighters a Thanksgiving dinner.