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SWGA police chiefs work together to fight crime

Police chiefs from South Georgia enjoy their monthly meeting. (Source: WALB) Police chiefs from South Georgia enjoy their monthly meeting. (Source: WALB)
Jackie Battle is the Dougherty County Police Chief. (Source: WALB) Jackie Battle is the Dougherty County Police Chief. (Source: WALB)
Mark Scott is the Americus Police Chief. (Source: WALB) Mark Scott is the Americus Police Chief. (Source: WALB)
Charlie Peeler is the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. (Source: WALB) Charlie Peeler is the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia agencies are working together to solve crimes.

Police chiefs from the Second District of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police meet frequently to discuss crime trends and training. 

Police chiefs from all over South Georgia had a seat at the table on Wednesday morning in Albany.  

"We talk about current issues, training, try to bring information to the chiefs in the area," explained Dougherty County Police Chief Jackie Battle.

Battle is the appointed representative for District Two of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Battle said the meetings are a chance for the chiefs to discuss crimes they are facing. She said when one jurisdiction is seeing a trend, it's likely others are too. 

"It may also be occurring in Bainbridge, which is also a part of our district, or it may be happening in Thomasville," explained Battle. "You know we are trying to combat all the entering autos, weapons being stolen in cars." 

A lunch together also helps officers know each other on a personal level. On Wednesday officers enjoyed lunch At BJ's Country Buffet before getting into more in-depth conversations about what their departments are working on. 

The meetings make officers aware of each department's strengths too. That is something Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said was helpful during the 2016 officer-involved shooting. 

"The chiefs from the region responded. I didn't look up in the room when we didn't have 20, 50 people there trying to work together," said Scott. "We were already familiar with each other. We knew each other on a first name basis. And that makes a lot of difference."

Scott serves as the elected representative from region two. On Wednesday he invited the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Charlie Peeler, to join the conversations. 

Getting agencies to work together is something Peeler said is at the top of his agenda. 

"One of my priorities is to make sure that partnership among state and local law enforcement is extended to include federal law enforcement," explained Peeler. 

The conversation is one that will continue to develop in an effort to keep residents of Southwest Georgia safe. 

"I'm really proud to see what is going on here in Southwest Georgia," Peeler said.  

Peeler spoke to the chiefs about a Department of Justice Initiative called Project Safe Neighborhood. He said the best results come when agencies work together. 

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