ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police officers said thank you to the community Tuesday night by feeding hundreds of people a Thanksgiving dinner.
The Albany Police Department's goal was to feed 1,200 people at their fifth annual Thanksgiving dinner, it's just one of the ways officers try to build strong relationships with the people they serve.
A prayer by the Albany Police Department kicked off the annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
Sgt. Kawaski Barnes- Albany Police Dept.
"It's important to give back to the community because the community gives so much to us. We ask the community to help us out in solving crimes, tell us what you've seen, tell us what you heard, tell us what you may know," said Sgt. Kawaski Barnes with the Albany Police Department.
First Responders, churches, restaurants, motorcycle clubs and the Dougherty High School Band volunteered their time and talents to make the dinner a special moment for families. Timothy Christian with the Viper Unit said it was important to help out.
"I left from Carver Community Center and came over here to show support and to also lend a hand," said Christian.
Herman Mortimer and Shonna Wilborn enjoyed a good meal with their families and say they are grateful for all of the work the Albany Police Department does in the community.
"It's kind of amazing they decide to give back to the community. They took the time out of their busy schedule to think about us in the community," explained Mortimer.
Albany Police said they wanted to make sure that families in need received a holiday meal and that they wanted to create a stronger bond within the community.
"They can come out and fellowship, maybe meet someone new here and know that the police department cares enough about this community that we want to give, we want to do for the community," said Barnes.
APD is also gearing up for their Shop with A Cop event Saturday December 12th at Kmart.
They also said they will be stepping up patrols in shopping and residential areas during the holiday season.