ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Department hosted a National Night Out gathering to embrace the community and give neighborhood crime a going away party.
From 5-8 people enjoyed music, activities and food--all for free.
Police stressed the importance of unity and cooperation, also area vendors were invited to increase their reach within Dougherty County.
Officers interacted with folks in an effort to nurture their relationship with those they protect and serve.
"The officers who are out here today are the ones who have regular contact with the residents around here," said APD Chief of Police Michael Persley. "And it's just another opportunity to forge a good relationship."
The effort worked for Albany residents like Laperciya Byrd.
"It makes me feel like the police help people in need and care about people and stuff like that," said Byrd.
Tuesday marked the official day for the 33rd annual National Night out program. It takes place in over 16 thousand communities across the nation.