CORDELE, GA (WALB) - Authorities in Crisp County are teaming up to fight crime by putting more patrols through the city limits of Cordele.
Violent armed robberies like a recent one at Cordele Super Market are becoming too common, according to law enforcers.
Officers have been tracking where businesses were targeted by criminals over the last 12 months.
"We don't want a community where people are scared to go out and shop or go into a business because they're afraid that they're going to be robbed," said Sheriff Hancock.
So to make residents feel safer, sheriff's deputies are going to assist police officers in patrolling the streets.
Initially, they will ride through places with businesses like 24th Avenue and 16th Avenue.
"We're not trying to take over; we don't want to be in charge of any law enforcement police department. We want to provide them assistance because that's what the citizens need in our community to be and feel safe," Sheriff Hancock said.
While many businesses did not want to talk on camera, all of them appreciate the increased patrols.
Sheriff Hancock knows he can't stop all crime, but hopes this knocks down some of it.
"I'm not saying this is going to stop all the armed robberies. This is not going to stop the crime that's happening inside Cordele, but this is a way to help deter crime and it may be a way to help solve some of it," said Hancock.
He says they'll also work with officers in residential areas.
The police department says this is a good example of law enforcement coming together to improve their community.