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Dougherty Co. top law enforcers say community support needed to stop violence

The Sheriff said stolen guns are being used in many crimes (Source: WALB) The Sheriff said stolen guns are being used in many crimes (Source: WALB)
The county's top two elected law enforcement officers said everyone has to get involved in fighting crime. (Source: WALB) The county's top two elected law enforcement officers said everyone has to get involved in fighting crime. (Source: WALB)
Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards and Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul (Source: WALB) Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards and Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Twelve people have been murdered in Albany already this year. Now the Sheriff and District Attorney are calling on the community to help stop it.

"Have been offered, sold, or given illegal drugs on school property," said Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards and Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul recorded Public Service Announcements this week at WALB, speaking out against drugs and how they lead to more crime and violence.

The county's top two elected law enforcement officers said there is an increase in all types of violent crime in Dougherty County, and they said everyone has to get involved in fighting it.

"The stop sign syndrome.  If it's not happening on my block or in my neighborhood, why should I be involved? Well with the internet and everybody having a car today, it's not far away from your house or your neighborhood," said Sproul.

Edwards said local lawmakers are taking action to do what they can to fight violence.

"Programs to number one provide jobs. To do things to educate the community. And hopefully to get larger legislation to curb gun usage by folks who don't need to have guns," Edwards said

The Sheriff said stolen guns are being used in many of these crimes, and those guns are being stolen from your car or your home when they are not secured.

"Legal gun owners are losing their weapons because of making mistakes such as that. And it's getting on the streets. And it's getting into the hands of people that we don't want to have them in. The convicted felons or the people involved in gang activity. Or they are running drug houses," said Sproul.

So Edwards and Sproul are asking the community to lock up their guns and protect them from theft, and if you have information on a crime, give it to law enforcement.  

"We have a good community, with a lot of involvement.  But we need more," said Sproul.

The District Attorney and the Sheriff said if everyone does their part fighting crime on their street, it will help make all of Albany and Dougherty County even more crime free.

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