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APD Chief Focus in 2020 is Community Engagement

Post Date:01/30/2020 4:34 PM

Albany, GA (January 28, 2020) – The Mayor and Commissioners were presented the Albany Police Department Quarterly Crime Report by Chief of Police Michael Persley.

Chief highlighted that the number of suspicious calls made by citizens could indicate more people are calling and reporting what they see. APD Officers responded to 32,766 calls for service from September 9, 2019, to December 31, 2019. The top five reasons for the thousands of requests were for burglar alarms, suspicious people, auto accidents, family violence, and unwanted guest, in that order.

“It takes the community to ensure that we are protecting each other, and we appreciate those calls requesting our service. We encourage citizens to call us and partner with us so we can keep our city together,” said Chief Persley.

With vacancies inside the department, hiring and retaining personnel has always been a top priority for Chief and his staff. He understands that the community deserves to feel safe and secure from those who want to commit criminal acts. Various methods are being used to attract personnel while providing supervision, training, and advanced technology/equipment to keep them here.

“As noted across the nation, it is challenging to find the right people who want to become Police Officers and even more challenging to keep them for an extended period once they have entered the profession. We are always looking for those who want to be guardians for the city,” said Chief.

Persley mentioned that the department would continue to approach solving crime through community engagement, bolstering community trust, and by addressing violent people, places, and other factors. The plan is to accomplish this by using historical and open source data to identify those persons and places that are prone to violence. We also continue to combine community and law enforcement resources to deter those who are violent in behavior and assist them with needed services.

The department will continue to ask citizens to report tips through the Crime-Stoppers tip-line and utilize social media platforms as an avenue to create and share content. A new app called Neighbors that helps obtain crime in real-time and provide safety alerts from neighbors and local law enforcement will be available to the public next month.

For more questions, contact Ms. Phyllis Banks, Public Information Officer at 229.302. 0810 or by email at


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