B.B. Bailey is home from work, but his day is not over yet. After strapping on his vest, he's ready to hit the streets of his neighborhood and start patrolling.
"A lot of us get off at 5:00 and we close the doors after 5 o'clock and all your things happen after you get in."
As a resident of Ponderosa Drive, B.B. is no stranger to crime. His neighborhood has been plagued by drive-bys and shootings, things he hopes will stop once the litter enforcement team starts cleaning up the area, literally.
CAPT Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department says, "There's a correlation when you look at crime stats in other jurisdictions that there's a correlation when you clean up areas that for one reason or another the crime rate seems to drop a little bit."
Don't be surprised to see folks you know sporting the new blue and yellow vests. Police say they are targeting members of the community to start policing their own neighborhoods.
James Wright, councilman and litter patrol volunteer, says, "This is the first step toward actually empowering the actual citizens who live in the community to take part in cleaning up the city of Valdosta."
It’s a job volunteers like B.B. say is well worth the time, effort and commitment.
Police say the litter enforcement team will start patrolling this Friday in the areas near Ponderosa Drive and Brookwood Drive.
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