ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - On Wednesday, the Albany Area Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, along with other business leaders, presented Albany Crime Stoppers with nearly a $12,850 contribution.
Along with the contribution to the Albany Crime Stoppers, Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards also made a $5,000 contribution.
The foundation said the contribution is a part of the business advocacy organization’s ongoing public safety efforts.
“The Albany Area Chamber and its Foundation have engaged in discussions with businesses, local officials, law enforcement and judicial partners to explore how the business community can partner and make an impact in crime and public safety,” said Perry Revell, chairman of the Albany Area Chamber Foundation Board of Directors and immediate past president of the Albany Area Chamber. “Beyond our foundational work to support business growth and a healthy and prosperous community, we identified Albany Crime Stoppers as an opportunity.”
Albany Crime Stoppers is a community action program that encourages citizens who see something to say something and provides cash rewards to anonymous callers for information leading to arrest and conviction. In 2020, the Chamber said they engaged public officials in ongoing conversations about crime.
“The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, the region’s leading business advocate, represents the unified interests and concerns of Albany and Albany Area businesses of all sizes and sectors. Collectively, the business community is increasingly and urgently concerned about crime in our community, its impact on safety, and its impact on the economy,” the organization said in 2020. “The business community believes in actionable solutions. We believe in partnership and in collaboration. As such, we seek to engage with you in a transparent discussion around crime in Albany and together work to address this issue.”
Crime Stoppers encourages people who see something to say something. They give cash rewards to anonymous callers for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
“Money talks and that’s what happens when we have the resources to bring people forward to bring answers to questions about unsolved cases,” Edwards said.
Edwards said one example is the recently solved Meesha Patel case. He said the tip that led to the suspect’s arrest was because of Crime Stoppers.
The support of local businesses made the check possible that the Chamber gave.
Southern AG Carriers President Hugh Nall said he wanted to get involved because his employees live in the community.
“It was an easy sale. Everybody I contacted was 100 percent behind it. We want everybody in the community to have a chance to be successful and do right and we can abide by the laws and do what’s right. People that support that and help turn in people that might not be doing right, we’re going to reward them for that,” said Nall.
Nall said the businesses that raised money want the community to be a “do right” community.
“This is our future. You want to bring new employees here. You want to hire people. You want to grow. You’ve got to have a community that people believe in, not only from an education standpoint but from a safety standpoint,” said Nall.
Law enforcement does a great job, Nall pointed out, but they need support from the community, and this was one way to do it.
Want to make a contribution?
If you’d like to make a contribution, you can call Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at (229) 434-8700.
Checks can be made to Albany Area Chamber Foundation, 225 West Broad Ave., Albany Ga, 31701 memo: Albany Crime Stoppers.