Albany police chief wants new health, safety initiative for the Good Life City

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 11:42 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany Police Chief Michael Persley wants health care officials and law enforcement to work together.

At Thursday’s Public Safety Committee meeting, Persley said he wants an initiative that will help fight crime.

Data from the hospital and police would be used to find hot crime spot areas. Resources would then be put into those areas.

“And there are plenty of people here in the community who want to do, they want to help. And they really don’t know where to go. Let’s give them a place to go and there’s people out there in the community who need the assistance and they really don’t know who to go to. And this is a way that we can show how the two can meet,” Persley said.

The city's Public Safety Committee met on Thursday.
The city's Public Safety Committee met on Thursday. (WALB)

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Public Health and Grady Medical Hospital joined the conversation. Both said something like this has been successful in other places, including Atlanta.

There is no timetable on when this could start.

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