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Leaders promote Neighborhood Watch

B. J. Fletcher B. J. Fletcher
Craig Maples Craig Maples
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany residents concerned about crime are invited to meet with neighborhood watch leaders Saturday.

The Council on Community Neighborhood Watches wants to get more people involved in preventing crime.

Organizers want you to help make 2015 a year of Neighborhood Watch growth. 

Craig Maples says his Sherwood Acres Neighborhood Watch has made his street safer, and he wants to work with other neighborhood watches in Albany. "Yes. There would be a lot less crimes and you could let everybody know about the crimes that are going on. So they can prevent any crimes from happening."

There are 43 active Neighborhood Watches in Dougherty County now, and city and law enforcement leaders want to organize them to work together in 2015. Saturday morning at 10 at the Albany Police Law Enforcement Center, A.D.D.U. Commander Major Bill Berry will give the group an update on the latest illegal narcotics.

"Bringing everybody up to speed on the lingo, the slang, the terminology of some of the newer drugs that we see and that are out there. The problems of what we're running into with them."

Major Berry and city leaders say Neighborhood Watches are a big help to law enforcement in preventing crime.

Albany City Commissioner B. J. Fletcher said "It's about knowledge. It's about empowering the community to stop that crime and make it the strongest neighborhood that they can live in."

Maples says neighbors looking out for neighbors is working on his street, that's why he wants them to grow across the entire community.

"Everybody. Every neighborhood in Albany, we want to get one," Maples said

Officials hope tomorrow's meeting will keep their movement growing.

Everyone is invited to tomorrow's meeting. It's from 10AM to 11AM at the Law Enforcement Center in downtown Albany.

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