Crime on the rise in Albany - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Crime on the rise in Albany

Cops closing off the crime scene (Source: WALB) Cops closing off the crime scene (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"Everybody, has a responsibility for dealing with our crime situations," said Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes, "but it is everybody's problem."

Dougherty County Commissioner John Hayes says he's fed up with violence in Albany streets.

It comes one day after a man was shot in the back on Dorsett Avenue while walking home.

Its one of 79 cases Albany Police have worked that involve handguns.

Commissioner Hayes says that this may not be the community's fault, but it is our problem.

"That means that the community is going to have to come together to deal with the problem," said Hayes.

Hayes says some reasons may be connected to some of the poverty-stricken areas around Albany.

He hopes the revitalization of downtown and other surrounding areas will create jobs and lower violence.

"We have also seen some social economic impact there," said Hayes. "Which means we have got to continue to do the best work to create jobs."

For many residents, this issue is concerning. 

Some parents are worried these problems could impact their families.

"As a mother," said Linda Davis, "I'm concerned about how it affects my children. Like I said I have confidence in the police force."

Albany Police Chief Michael Persley says he and his staff are making sure they are doing all they can to keep the streets safe.

"Yes we will increase the patrols," said Persley. "Yes, we will conduct the special operations. Yes we will arrest those who commit a crime and send them through the court system. I do want the viewers to know that they should not feel scared to walk out of their homes. You can go about your daily business."

Chief Persley said he needs the community's help in order to put an end to violence, and if you do see something, you are advised to call the police.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Southwest Georgia natives shine light on mental health through a new film

    Southwest Georgia natives shine light on mental health through a new film

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:44:46 GMT

    Two Southwest Georgia natives, turned filmmakers, are shinning a light on mental health through a new film.  Lashonda Jones from Camilla and John Brown from Donalsonville premiered the movie "Nocturnal" this weekend in Mitchell County.  

    More >>

    Two Southwest Georgia natives, turned filmmakers, are shinning a light on mental health through a new film.  Lashonda Jones from Camilla and John Brown from Donalsonville premiered the movie "Nocturnal" this weekend in Mitchell County.  

    More >>
  • Flint River Habitat for Humanity holds fundraiser to build more homes

    Flint River Habitat for Humanity holds fundraiser to build more homes

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:38 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:38:50 GMT
    The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).
    The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).The Flint River Habitat for Humanity held their annual Hammer Jam this weekend. (Source: WALB).

    Community members in Albany were able to enjoy a night of music and entertainment all for the "Flint River Habitat for Humanities" annual 'Hammer Jam' event.  Organizers said nearly 700 people attend every year to help people in the community.  

    More >>

    Community members in Albany were able to enjoy a night of music and entertainment all for the "Flint River Habitat for Humanities" annual 'Hammer Jam' event.  Organizers said nearly 700 people attend every year to help people in the community.  

    More >>
  • Family and friends celebrate one year anniversary of double murder homicide

    Family and friends celebrate one year anniversary of double murder homicide

    Saturday, August 18 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-08-19 03:32:40 GMT
    Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)
    Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)Family and friends of Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs celebrate the one year anniversary of the victim's death. (Source: WALB)

    It's been one year since Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs were victims in a double murder homicide in Albany, which stemmed from a domestic violence. 

    More >>

    It's been one year since Francis Nelson and Mamie Childs were victims in a double murder homicide in Albany, which stemmed from a domestic violence. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly