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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Seventeen police recruits officially became the newest members of Albany's Police force Monday night.

Family and friends of the new graduates gathered at the Law Enforcement center, where the recruits were presented with their badges.  Chief John Proctor says these officers are putting a dent in an APD staffing shortage.

The graduates say they're ready to make the community a safer place.

"What we're trying to do is hire quality people, so that they'll stay here and provide a quality service to community. That's how you become better, you put a little bit more into it at the front end," said Albany Police Chief John Proctor.

New Albany Police officer William Boone said, "It's a lot of hard work and hard times that go into the process and it's finally starting to pay off. And it's really exciting to get out here and start fighting some crime."

Chief Proctor told us he's not sure how many vacancies he has right now.

He said 12 more recruits should graduate from the police academy in July and a dozen more later this year.

He hopes to have the department near full staff by the end of the year.

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