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APD Corporal Sherman Battle quits

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany provided the state Peace Officer Standards and Training Council notice of his resignation, so they can decide if he can continue work in law enforcement.

The city of Albany has been working to improve the image of the Police Department, new Chief John Proctor requiring their Officers follow proper conduct and ethic rules. City records show that Corporal Battle admitted in an internal affairs investigation violating both, and the Chief starting firing procedures. Battle then resigned.

Sherman Battle had been with the Albany Police Department for 22 years, and was a Corporal with the Support Service Division when he resigned October 27th. The city had notified him he was being fired for misconduct and violation of police policies and procedures.

"The integrity of the Police Department is essential to us, and frankly it's a one strike and your are out kind of position. We can not have officers testifying before the courts if they have any sort of background problem," Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said.

In his notice of termination, Chief Proctor said that in an internal affairs interview conducted in August, Battle admitted he had gambled and played card games at the home of suspected drug suspects, whom he knew had been arrested by the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit.

And that he had driven his city police car to the home of one of the suspects,and even borrowed money from the suspects on several occasions. The investigation said an Albany store owner testified that Battle had bought lottery tickets while wearing his Police Uniform and driving a police car, and even borrowed up to one thousand dollars from the store owner.

The investigation also said they had found evidence of violations under previous administrations.

Battle had until October 27th to appeal his termination, but instead resigned. Now the city will notify the state agency that licenses Police Officers about their findings.

"We do notify POST of the resignation," Smith said. "Then it's up to them whether or not they investigate further. And actually might consider his certification. It is common that they would do such and investigation."

City Manager officials say Chief Proctor has established a solid understanding of what is expected of Albany Police Officers, and any violation of high integrity will not be tolerated.

Sherman Battle was demoted from Lieutenant to Corporal by Chief James Younger a little more than two years ago, for what were called command violations. He was two years and two months shy of his retirement day.

Albany Police say Chief John Proctor was not available to talk with us today about this story. Chief Proctor stated recently that APD is understaffed and is working to hire top quality recruits.

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