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APD to host school party

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Police Department Family Protection Unit has a responsibility to look out for the children in the community.

Which is why the people working in that unit feel it is vital to get to know the children.

The APD is hosting an end-of-school party on Friday evening for children ages 10-14.

"It's one of the community events we do," said Sgt. Tracey Hudson, supervisor-in-charge for the family protection unit. "We try to do community events once a month to become more familiar (with members of the community)."

The ultimate goal behind hosting these events, Hudson said, is it help open up the lines of communication between the public and law enforcement.

"We are here to assist," she said.

The party, which is actually a dance, will run from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Bill Miller Community Center at 312 Vick St. It will be chaperoned by APD officers.

"We are hoping to have a good crowd," Hudson said. "The kids will be excited because school will be out.

"It's to let them (the kids) know we are here for them."

Friday is the last day of school for students enrolled in the Dougherty County School System.

Admission to the event is $2. There will be prizes as well as refreshments given out at no cost.

In addition to the refreshments, there will be candy sold at the dance for $1. Proceeds from the event will go toward future community outreach efforts.

While the event starts at 5 p.m., officials are expected to be outside the door by 4:30 p.m. selling tickets.

"We are trying to keep kids off the streets so they won't get into bad habits," Hudson said. "This is to make sure children are not out when they shouldn't be."