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 >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
May 26, 2005
Albany-- The Albany Police Department is under staffed by a count of 21.
But the Interim Chief says they are not short on the street. Officers are being moved from other duties back to police patrols.
The Albany Police is budgeted to have 207 sworn officers, but even short handed, the Chief says there are enough cops to protect the public. Interim Chief Bob Boren said "That's not a problem, if I have to get out and ride a beat. The beats are full."
Right now Albany is 21 officers short, so the working police are getting lots of overtime. To fill vacancies, Boren has brought back nine School Resource Officers, two School Officers from Albany Tech, two D.A.R.E. officers, and three Officers who were working in the Marshall's Office and Code Enforcement.
"They weren't really performing the functions of Police Officers, and put them back to work on the street," Boren said.
Hiring new officers is difficult. Of their most recent 60-person recruitment class, only five were hired. Now they are on their way to the academy, for six to eight months of training.
Boren said "It's not easy. You don't just pin a badge and a gun on them anymore. The academy's tough."
The competition for trained officers is high across the country, with Homeland Security hiring top local officers. Boren says he does not want to make the mistake of the previous chief, hiring people who should not be officers, to fill numbers.
Boren said "I live by the creed that ability without integrity has no value."
He said the City Commission is helping as much as they can, giving pay raises. "We got a new law enforcement center which I think is going to help morale and attract. We just got pay parity with Dougherty County, that has helped. We got an incentive plan in place, that is helping."
Right now a starting Albany Police Officer will make a little over $12.00 an hour, about $25,000 a year. Not much money, as Albany competes to hire enough qualified Police Officers to fill their department.
Albany Police respond to 130,000 to 140,000 calls a year. Next year the city commission will ask the police department to cut their budget ten percent, just like all other city departments.