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Albany Police thank supporters

Members of the Another Level Motorcycle Club accept an certificate of appreciation from Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor Wednesday at the Law Enforcement Center for the club’s participation in police-sponsored community events.

Members of the Another Level Motorcycle Club accept an certificate of appreciation from Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor Wednesday at the Law Enforcement Center for the club’s participation in police-sponsored community events.

ALBANY — During the course of a year the Albany Police Department receives community support in various forms. The department said “thank you” Wednesday.

Businesses and community organizations received certificates of appreciation for their support in 2011 from the APD on Wednesday at a luncheon in the Law Enforcement Center.

“Law enforcement is a tough job,” said police Chief John Proctor. “We have to have partners to work with us to help provide a safe, secure community.”

Safety was one of the reasons that the Kiwanis Club donated $1,500 to purchase child car seats for the police to give to parents who are in need of them, said Jim Brackin, Kiwanis president-elect.

Like other organizations’ contributions, the Kiwanis Club’s effort helped bridge gaps between the community and police. During 2011, police held picnics, staffed tables to inform domestic abuse victims of the resources available to them and had events to meet people as neighbors.

Many local businesses and organizations, such as Doyal Wholesale, Bennett Supply, the Another Level Motorcycle Club and Advertising with Lisa supported the police in their community efforts.

“My wife couldn’t be here,” said Dru Garcia, representing Advertising with Lisa. “She made me jump up and get here real quick. We stand behind supporting the police 100 percent. I’m glad to be here.”

As well as fighting crime, the police plan to maintain their engagement with the good people of the community in the new year.

“We hope that in 2012, we can do it again,” said police Cpl. Chanita Salyer. “Only bigger and better.”