Albany, GA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Albany is a city of approximately 78,000 residents, located in Dougherty County in southwestern Georgia. According to reports from local law enforcement, the city has struggled with persistent prostitution activity linked to illegal drug sales. To address the issue, the Albany Police Department has partnered with the Dougherty County Police Department, District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office to create the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU).

Since its inception, the ADDU has conducted at least four street-level reverse stings to identify and apprehend sex buyers through 2012. The operations, which utilized undercover female officers as decoys, were often conducted to supplement larger anti-narcotics initiatives. As a warning to other would-be offenders, the ADDU has at times released the names of arrested johns to the local media. More recently, similar operations have been conducted. For example, in March 2017 a reverse sting by the ADDU resulted in five arrests. The first arrest was at a Walgreen’s parking lot on North Slappey, and a second arrest came about 6 p.m. at the intersection of 4th and Slappey. A similar effort occurred in 2016. Referring to the 2017 operation, the ADDU commander said they’ll be targeting areas where residents have complained of prostitution, and said the West Highland Avenue and South Davis neighborhood is known to have “rampant” prostitution for the prior few years.

State Georgia
Type City
Population 75825
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