With summer on the horizon, Albany city officials and residents are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2018, when the city saw 15 homicides, the most in nearly two decades.
A number of people were speaking out at a Common Council Public Safety Committee meeting Monday night.
Interestingly, Police Chief Eric Hawkins says overall crime was down in Albany last year, and violent crime dropped by 8%, in spite of the huge increase in homicides.
He says the city still has to address the "fear of crime."
While much of the conversation focused on a need for more programs for young people, many people said it's the adults who are often the offenders, and that has to be dealt with too.