Families help fight crime

ALBANY, Ga. -- Local law enforcement agencies plan to hold a workshop to help build stronger families in the community at 10 a.m. Saturday.

"It is about giving people the information and resources to recognize criminal activity in their neighborhood and homes and how to report it," said Albany Police Department Detective Schemika Foster.

"As a parent I would want as much information as I could get to know what to do to keep my children and family safe."

At least eight local law enforcement agencies such as Foster's department plan to hold 30-minute presentations that tie their work to the community as a whole. The workshop is scheduled in room 100 at the Government Center, 222 Pine Avenue and will run until 2 p.m.

"Law enforcement representatives will be available to provide information about the role they play in building stronger families," said Phyllis Banks, Albany police spokeswoman. "The workshop is open to the public."

It would be best to attend the entire program starting at 10 a.m., Banks said. Each agency will have different information for people who attend.

Of the topics that are planned for the presentations, some will have to do with what to look for in the home that could indicate family involvement in criminal activity.

"The Albany Police Gang Unit will be there to tell parents about gang colors and dress," Foster said. "We want parents to know what to look for."

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