ALBANY, GA (WALB) - On Friday, April 28, 2017, officers and deputies swarmed all corners of Dawson Road and North Slappey Boulevard, but it wasn't for an emergency.
"We're raising money for Special Olympics. This is our 13th year raising money," Dougherty County Police Chief Cynthia Battle said.
Members of the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Police, and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office were all outside of the Albany Krispy Kreme.
We always work together. And we're a community and so we're not just the city, or county, or sheriff's department. We're all in it together," Chief Battles said.
Cops and deputies spent their day flagging down drivers. But instead of issuing tickets, they were offering free doughnuts to those who donated.
"We're in a great location. You get a good meal if you stop by and we just thank our citizens," Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said.
The money raised during the fundraiser will help area individuals participate in upcoming Special Olympics events. Individuals like Phillip and Shannon Ford who spent their day collecting donations at the drive-thru.
"Busy, busy, busy. It's been busy this morning," Shannon Ford said.
Phillip, Shannon, and their friend Jojo all participate in the Special Olympics.
"I'm good at volleyball, bowling, and basketball," Ford added.
In 2016, the Albany fundraiser raised over $13,000, more than twice of some of the bigger cities.
"We got more money than Gwinnett County and Metro Atlanta places," Sheriff Sproul said.
The sheriff said even with all that the community experienced earlier this year, people are still giving money.
"We've been through such devastation this year with our storms and our community has stepped up," Sheriff Sproul said.
Law enforcement will be back at the Krispy Kreme on Saturday, April 28, 2017, for a second day of the fundraiser. Officials hope to raise around $15,000 this year.
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