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APD gearing up for holidays

ALBANY, Ga. — Calling it "Operation Shock and Awe," Albany Police Department officers will hit the streets in three overlapping 12-hour shifts during the holidays.

"The Uniform Division will be in 'Power Shift Mode,'" said police Capt. Tracey Barnes. "History has shown that crimes pick up, property and personal crimes pick up, in the holidays. We want it to be: You need us — we get there fast."

Plans call for at least 30 cars in the overlapping shifts to cruise the city as a show of force and making traffic and suspicious person stops. Barnes said that number did not include undercover vehicles and supervisors in their vehicles.

Police will be looking for people with outstanding warrants with vigor, said police Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark. He added, "We want to get them off the street."

Whether in the street or in a shopping center parking lot, police warned that the community must remain on alert.

"Keep your personal space," Barnes said. "Watch out for anyone who walks up to you and asks for a cigarette, a light or to use your cell phone."

Speaking at the last Gang Task Force meeting of the year on Thursday, Barnes said that the operation will be a cooperative effort launched with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and school police.

"There is always the possibility that the holiday crime will involve gangs or gang initiations," Barnes said. "The Gang Unit will be involved."

During the holidays, residents sometimes leave home for extended periods. Barnes recommended timers for lights, radios and televisions to give the appearance that the home is occupied.

Both Barnes and Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul strongly advised residents to call their offices and arrange to have their homes checked by patrols. Call APD at (229) 431-2100, the Sheriff's Office at (229) 431-2861 and the Dougherty County Police Department at (229) 430-6600.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 10 months ago

THANK YOU to all the officers in "Operation Shock and Awe". 12 hour shifts means many officers will not have a lot of “Family time” during the holidays. Be safe and God Bless You and I hope you all can have Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. Thank You!

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LOFKNL 2 years, 10 months ago

Uh-oh! Krispy Kreme 'bout to get busy!

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 10 months ago

Just dont have another "road block" on the by-pass, please!

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supersquawker 2 years, 10 months ago

Just had a bank robbery with shots fired. Just in time for Christmas.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 10 months ago

Thank you so very much APD! Y'all are doing a fantastic job!!

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DrMax 2 years, 10 months ago

Its really great to see APD getting all sharpened up in tooth and claw. The criminal element in Dougherty County simply does not FEAR the Albany Police. And they must fear them, because that is all that low-order predatory animals understand. Love don't work. Reason don't work. Morality and social responsibility don't work. Just plain old fear - the kind one gets from a really BAD experience, hurtfully applied and repeated over and over and over again until the remedy gets hold of 'em way down in their souls. Thugs is animals - and to do right, animals must fear. What Albany needs is good, strong folks with razor-sharp teeth and the courage to bite when necesssary.

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