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Leaders take back their neighborhoods

Willie Williams, Putney Neighborhood Watch Association President Willie Williams, Putney Neighborhood Watch Association President
Major Bill Berry, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Major Bill Berry, Albany Dougherty Drug Unit
Judy Bowles, Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful Judy Bowles, Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful

You can help cut down on crime by starting a neighborhood watch program where you live. Today leaders of watch programs in South Georgia met downtown to talk about how they help fight crime.

Neighborhood watch leaders gathered to learn more about how to keep their community free of crime.

"Take what we learn here back to our community to help improve the community,” said Willie Williams, Putney Neighborhood Watch Association President.

Willie Williams is the President of his watch program in Putney. He's hosted events like "Putney Fun Day" to encourage neighbors to get to know one another.

He's hoping more people will get involved with the Albany-Dougherty Council of Community Watch Association.

"And that way we can know our neighborhood, as well as we know our neighbor,” said Williams.

Major Bill Berry with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit updated leaders on a new drug called Palcohol.

"It is a version of alcohol, it is a powdered form where you simply just add liquid to it and it becomes an alcoholic beverage,” said Major Bill Berry, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit.

Berry says it hasn't hit South Georgia yet, but they're still having problems with people abusing pain pills, marijuana, cocaine, and meth.

"2014 was the largest meth seizure for the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit and we had more seizures of Methamphetamine than we did of crack cocaine this year,” said Berry.

Berry encouraged leaders to speak up if they see any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

"They're our eyes and ears,” said Berry. “They can see more and they will know more what's going on in their neighborhood."

"This is how we're going to keep litter out, this is how we're going to keep crime out,” said Judy Bowles, Executive Director of Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful. “We have to work all together and be one cohesive group."

Neighborhood watch leaders say their goal is to have a watch group in every neighborhood.

There are 43 Active Neighborhood Watches in Dougherty County. The Albany Dougherty Council of Community Watches Association will hold their next meeting in April.

The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit can be contacted at 229-430-5150. 

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