Law enforcement agencies join workshop

ALBANY -- Local law enforcement agencies plan to go beyond arresting criminals after the crime. Prevention is a strong watchword, officials said.

A group including the Albany Police Department and seven other Dougherty County law enforcement agencies plan a workshop to educate the community on building stronger families while preventing crime, said Phyllis Banks, Albany police spokeswoman.

The Law Enforcement Fall Community Workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and continues until 12:30 p.m., Banks said. To catch each of eight participating agencies providing their information it is recommended residents begin the program at 8:30 a.m., she added.

The event will take place in the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue. Each of the participating agencies will give a 30-minute presentation on their various roles, said Albany Police Detective Schemika Foster.

"We see our job as more than locking criminals up," Foster said. "We want to help the community; families prevent crime in their neighborhoods. We want people to know we are all working together in this."

Topics likely to be covered during the presentations include what to look for in the home, neighborhood and other areas that could indicate criminal involvement.

"In a sense everything starts in the home," Foster said, "and if it starts in the home we want people to know what to look for in their home."

Plans call for another workshop to be held in the spring. Dates and times will be announced after they are set.

In addition to the Albany police, the following agencies are scheduled to participate: Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Dougherty County School System Police, Dougherty County Juvenile Court, Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, Georgia Department of Corrections and Georgia Board of Pardon and Parole.