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Community events sponsored by APD

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- One fun event and an educational event are on the Albany Police Department's schedule in April.

Registration to volunteer and play in the "Buddy Ball" special-needs youth event ends April 1. The event pairs volunteers with children and teens who would like to play T-Ball.

The Buddy Ball event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. April 16 at the Paul Eames Sports Complex, Ball Park Drive, off Blaylock Street.

"We have T-shirts and medals available for players. We'll also be serving brunch, "said police Cpl. K.D. Barnes. "It is an opportunity through our Americorps program."

Children ages 5-16 in Albany, Dougherty County and surrounding counties with special needs interested in participating can call police Barnes at (229) 430-5304 or email her at kabarnes@dougherty.ga.us.

A "Community Awareness Day" is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at 1032 W. Gordon Ave., near Harvey's Supermarket, to bring citizens up to speed on the resources that are available to victims of domestic violence, a police Family Protection Unit press release stated.

The event will be held in conjunction with Liberty House, the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Center and the Dougherty County District Attorney's Office victims assistance office.

"The purpose is to provide resources for individuals who may be or may have been victims of of domestic violence," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said. "The unit wants to specifically reach out to people that are least likely to seek the resources available to them. In many cases, those people are repeat victims of physical, mental and sexual abuse as well as their children."