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Fighting crime: residents with families together

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Through a series of speakers, Dougherty County residents learned how to detect gang activity in their neighborhoods, resolve conflicts peacefully and other family-building measures Saturday.

"At a minimum we know we can do some good for the people who are attending here," said Dougherty Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg

Edwards.

"I'm speaking on conflict resolution between parents and children. The focus of the workshop is on families."

During the course of the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop people attended at various times. A headcount was not available, but attendance was described as "good" by Albany Police Department Detective Schemika Foster.

At least one person attending had dual reasons to attend. Tee Taylor is a supervisor for the Albany Recreation and Parks Department and a parent.

"We do a lot of programs for seniors. With summer coming, a lot of them have grandchildren coming to stay with them. I'll pass on what I learned here about looking out for gangs to them," Taylor said. "As a parent I am here to find out what I can do to keep my children safe."

The Albany Police Gang Unit outfitted a demonstration table with gang signs, clothes and graffiti samples to show residents. The District Attorney's Office and the Gang Unit were two of eight law enforcement agencies that conducted 30-minute presentations in the Government Center at 222 Pine Ave. for the workshop.

Other agencies participating included: The Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, the Dougherty County Police Department, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Dougherty County School System Police, Dougherty County Juvenile Court, the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia Board of Pardon and Parole. Also participating was the Stop the Violence group founded by Bishop Frederick Williams, of the Gethsemane Worship Center.