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Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
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Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
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Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
November 18, 2005
Albany-- The Albany Police Department is in dire need of some good men in blue. With 35 vacancies, the most in decades, most patrol officers are having to work twelve hour shifts.
Patrol officer Terrance Bryant begins hour two of his twelve hour shift. "All the officers are pitching in to cover the shifts we're short on," he says. "Sometimes you have to work over and beyond your call of duty."
These days duty calls for working a lot of over-time and sometimes settling for one off day a week. Bryant says, "Towards the end of our shifts, we're mentally drained because of the amount of calls we're faced with, and the extent of the calls we have to go to."
Interim Chief Bobby Hooper said "This is a vary demanding job." Hooper has been interim police chief for less than a week. He says it's hard to recruit qualified officers. "If we get 100 applicants, we may have 15 maybe 20 that actually make it through the whole process: the background investigation, the psychological evaluation, the polygraph. Then you have physical agility test."
If an officer passes those tests, it takes as long as five months before they're working their own beat. The job, it's pay and it's dangers aren't appealing to most. "You're going to work nights, weekends, holidays and long hours," Hooper says.
Veteran officers often leave for higher paying, less stressful jobs in other areas of law enforcement. "They'll go on to the GBI, FBI, ATF - the federal jobs," Hooper said.
So with fewer officers on our streets, is the city safe? "You become ineffective when you can't meet the demands of the job, and the people you are serving," said Hooper.
Are we to that point yet? "It's not critical yet," he says.
Chief Hooper says APD continues to respond to calls in less than 10 minutes on average. But they must prioritize calls. "A shooting call or a burglary call is going to take priority over an illegally parked car."
Chief Hooper says even with a short staff, the police force is serving and protecting the people of Albany.
APD is continually hiring, and officers go colleges, schools, and job fairs to recruit. But most cities have the same problem, and are competing for the same potential new cops.