Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
August 12, 2003
Albany - Nearly 90 Albany police officers have resigned since 2000. That number alarmed city leaders, so Monday they took their concerns straight to the Police Chief.
Now, it's turned into a blame game. The City Commission blames the chief. He blames them.
The Albany Police Department has 215 officers. But that number continues to drop. Since January, 17 officers have resigned or were fired.
Mayor Pro Tem Henry Mathis says retention problem puts safety in jeopardy. "Officers with just a few years of experience are training other officers, and that's not good for Albany's safety," said Mathis.
Mathis says officers are complaining to commissioners about bad morale and poor leadership. "Their chief complaints are that they aren't getting fair treatment, communication with the Chief is poor, and morale is low." And, Mathis blames the Chief.
In 1993, only nine officers resigned. And that trend continued until 1997 when Bobby Johnson was hired. That year, 35 officers resigned. The retention problems continue today.
So we asked Mathis if he thinks Albany needs a new Chief. He quickly answered, " That's up to the city manager. She's seen the numbers, and she knows the commission will hold her responsible for making good decisions."
Police Chief Bobby Johnson says it's hard to keep officers happy with low pay and poor benefits. "Recently, our employee health coverage went down and the retirement package changed for the worse," said Chief Johnson. "We can't keep officers from looking elsewhere when pay and benefits aren't competitive."
So, is communication the problem? "I'm sure sometimes what officers tell their supervisors doesn't get to me. Maybe there's a clog, but officers can come straight to me, the city manager, or the commission if necessary," said Chief Johnson.
Johnson says the force will try harder to make communication a two way street. No decisions were made Monday. The Public Safety Committee plans to take the issue to the full commission.