ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany city commissioner is calling for neighborhoods to come together to eliminate crime, which is one thing in common, keeping their community safe.
Commissioner B. J. Fletcher hosted a Neighborhood watch gathering Saturday at her home.
Fletcher says the relationship between law enforcement and the community is crucial.
"I want these people to know the truth. We've got a good community, a good law enforcement team, we are short handed but were not going to just put anybody in there to make numbers. And that's what I want these people to do to feel safe," said Fletcher.
The commissioner hosted a neighborhood watch-style meeting with food and music. Residents said the gathering was needed.
"I think the benefit from that is, once you get to know people and are able to communicate with them, you can get a better understanding of how you can protect the neighborhood," said Robert Carlson, an Albany resident.
"We as a neighborhood wanted to come together, because we have had a few incidents in our neighborhood, and this is a way of us really getting to meet each other," said Pamela Barkley, another Albany resident.
Fletcher said with the summer approaching, residents can expect to see more activity in the streets of Albany.
"You see young people walk in your neighborhood. It doesn't necessarily mean they are up to no good, but always be cautious," said Fletcher.
As neighbors relationships strengthen they're more likely to watch out for one another.
"The police department can't be everywhere for us. They do support us, they are doing the best they can do under the circumstances. But we have to do our part, we have to watch, we have to be aware of our surroundings," said Barkley.
Residents also felt that with everyone's busy schedules, it's hard to meet and talk to neighbors on a regular basis.
Commissioner Fletcher is trying to change that. She wants to have these types of gatherings twice a year.