MOULTRIE — A Moultrie developer and the Moultrie Police Department were recognized Friday for their efforts to improve Moultrie. The founder of the organization recognizing them addressed the need to support law enforcement.

Kirk Smith, president of the Greater Albany Georgia organization said it is committed to fighting crime and corruption throughout Southwest Georgia. He formed the organization because of issues dealing with corruption in law enforcement in Dougherty County.

The organization meets with citizens to discuss their concerns and take those concerns to local law enforcement agencies to try and resolve them, Smith said. He has seen positive results in Albany where they have been an influence and wants to take its message across county lines.

Troy O’Hearn, who was presented with the Taking Back our Neighborhoods and Streets award, said Moultrie’s biggest problem is understaffed departments. The crime in Moultrie and Colquitt County will only get worse unless something is done to help law enforcement here.

“Moultrie has one of the finest police departments that can be built,” O’Hearn said. “Citizens are going to have to call their councilmen and show their support for it.”

The work O’Hearn has done in northwest and southwest Moultrie has created positive results, he said, noting that removing dilapidated houses and constructing duplex apartments have reduced crime in the area. He accepted the award on behalf of the people of northwest Moultrie and thanked them for their support.

“I thank them for working with me to make the neighborhood better,” O’Hearn said.

The Moultrie Police Department was presented with the Most Improved Area in Crime award, and Lt. Roger Miller was on hand to accept it. The Moultrie Police Department has seen overall crime rates decrease in recent years, and it was recognized as seeing the largest decrease. Smith also praised Chief Frank Lang as being one of the few police chiefs that is open and active to talk to people and is willing to reach across boundaries to help the citizens of Moultrie.

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