APD to hold going away party for crime, drugs

ALBANY -- Anyone wanting to say goodbye to neighborhood crime and drugs is invited to a party by the Albany Police Department.

"It is a personal invitation to all citizens to come out and join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman.

This year's Albany police contribution to the 2010 National Night Out is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Albany Civic Center parking lot nearest the Veterans Park Memorial Amphitheater.

The event promises plenty of games, food, music and fun. Last year the officers gave away school supplies, crayons and coloring books.

At last year's event Mark Walker, 55, said the event was really good for children.

"It helps reinforce the values that the police are here to protect the children and the community. That they are our friends."

Other than good food, it is a good bet that there will be plenty to do at the event. Last year's event included inflatable bouncy houses, a Hula-Hoop race, sack race and an appearance by the much-loved Coco.

A dark German shepherd breed, Coco, the Albany-Dougherty Drug sniffing K-9, was a star with children and adults alike.

National Night Out is a community-police partnership event held the first Tuesday in August since 1984. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.