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Officers hired to keep Valdosta streets safe

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –The Valdosta Police Department has hired seven new patrol officers to keep the streets safe.

They graduated Friday from ABAC's police academy. Now, they're training in the classroom.

A million dollar community oriented policing service grant through the Stimulus Act will pay their benefits and salaries for three years.

Once training is completed, they'll be assigned a beat and get to know the folks in that area.

"They'll be able to recognize something out of place more than an officer that would change areas each day," said Valdosta Police Capt. Bobbi McGraw. "They'll be assigned a patrol beat to work."

The grant requires that the officers be evaluated each quarter on their progress and service to the community.

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