ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's police chief said the most important area to make the city safer from crime is increasing community involvement.
After months of the Safe City Coalition working to come up with a plan to make Albany safer, their ideas were presented to the city commissioners Tuesday night.
The five focus areas to fight crime were:
- Increasing access to social services
- Promoting law enforcement effectiveness.
- Leveraging technology
- Prosecutorial and judiciary innovation
- Increasing community involvement
"If they can find solutions that are, you know, good it's a win-win for everyone," said Chief Michael Persley. "So community involvement probably would be the biggest one I am looking forward to."
Chief Persley said that in 2017 Albany experienced an increase in violent crimes, but the majority were domestic related or incidents involving acquaintances.