City officials walk to offer their services

City officials walk to offer their services
The City of Valdosta and their police department continue efforts to make the city as safe as possible.

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The City of Valdosta and their police department continue efforts to make the city as safe as possible.

“We need to let our officers know to get out in the community more, instead of going from call to call to call," said Valdosta Police Department, Chief Leslie Manahan.

So Monday and Tuesday, city leaders and the police department went knocking on doors, hoping to knock down some of the barriers between law enforcement and the people in the community.

The City of Valdosta and their police department continue efforts to make the city as safe as possible.
The City of Valdosta and their police department continue efforts to make the city as safe as possible.

“I like the idea that they would come out, introduce themselves, and say, “if there’s anything you need, just give us a call," said Medora Lawson, who lives in Valdosta.

Lawson opened her front door to see the police standing on her doorstep.

“A few people we kind of did catch off guard but when they realized that we not there to deliver bad news or work any type of case with them, that we were just there to talk, people really opened up and started talking to us," said Manahan.

About 10 policemen and women walked over 10 blocks of the Eastwind community, just to introduce themselves and to listen to any safety concerns the people might have.

Lawson said she thinks this speaks volumes about the type of officers in Valdosta.

“Anytime you seen the policemen its because something has happened, and yesterday it was because they wanted to know did we have any concerns," said Lawson.

The chief hopes this will make people open up to further prevent crime in the future.

Officers shared one reoccurring theme, was issues with speeding in the neighborhood.

Chief Manahan said they’re looking to add more patrols and to reach out to the engineering department for further research on remedies.

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