ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hundreds of people came to the new Thornton Community Center for the Albany Police National Night Out.
Police played games with children and joined with partner agencies and businesses to give out school supplies.
Chief Michael Persley said the most important thing he wanted his officers to do is to let the community meet them personally.
"We are one," said Persley. "We are not a separate force, we are a part of them. So you will see us in church, you will see us in the grocery store. You will see us at the parks at Thornton."
Chief Persley said his officers did give crime fighting tips to the people at National Night Out, including asking them to keep their property well lit at night.
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