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Community, cops come together for National Night Out

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County law enforcers teamed up to reach out to the community during National Night Out Against Crime.

Officers from numerous area law enforcement agencies along with leaders from other organizations gave out school supplies and raffle prizes.

"It's an opportunity for Law enforcement agencies to get together to give back to the community for everyone to come out here to enjoy," said Albany Police Chief Michael Persley.

Many kids who attended were able to leave with a brand new bike.

Law enforcers say National Night Out gives the community an opportunity to get to know officers in their area.

"This is just another example of how we are part of the community and that we support the community," said Chief Persley.

"[Kids] see a cop in a positive way. So when we see them later it's not any fear," said Detective Tamiko Whitlock with Dougherty County Police.

Also supporting the community was the Albany State Football team, whose players were volunteers during the event.

"Athletics is a great thing but these guys also have the academics, and we just love for them to come out and mingle with the kids," said Whitlock.

"They say it's for the kids, so that's a real big part for us," added Albany State football player Tavarius Washington. "Helping the community, trying to do better so they can see better."

They also used the opportunity to teach kids that law enforcers are there to help them. 

"We want them to know that all police are not bad. No matter what skin color you are you can make it somewhere," said Albany State football player Mason Fuller. 

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