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December 13, 2005

Albany- "Once you enter campus we have an officer there that's going to check to see if you have a parking decal to park on this campus," says Captain Constance Johnson.

Cpt. Johnson has been on the force for nine years. Her beat may be confined to the Albany State University campus, she says her job goes beyond just being an officer.

"Here on this campus you have to be a friend, you have to be a counselor, but then you also have to know that you are sworn to uphold the law," Johnson says. "Overall we have a great student body."

Cpt. Johnson says it's serving and protecting the students that makes her love her job.

"I enjoy getting up coming to this job everyday. I actually like this job. There's not a day that goes by that I regret it. I love this job. I've been here for 10 years and I intend to be here for 10 more," she says.

Roberson Brown takes his job as Albany State University chief of police seriously.

"We're a full service police department. Our job is to safeguard the safety of our staff, students, faculty, and visitors," he says.

After spending nearly 24 years at the Miami police department Brown may not see as much action, but admits ensuring the safety of 3,000- to 4,000 students is a big job.

"A lot of times it's their first time leaving home. They're away from home and we've got to ensure that they're safe here," Brown says.

The police department is like any other. It operates 24-hours a day, has it's own full-time dispatchers, a staff of post certified officers with arresting powers, and even unarmed security guards.

"It's smaller scale but the same potential is there. I have to be able to control the what-ifs, not just what happened in the past," Brown says.

They may not handle the same bulk of call other police department do, but the officers say their job is no less important, and unlike many agencies they get perks like free tuition and a chance to get to know those they serve.

"I makes you feel good when a student comes back five or six years later, hey Captain Johnson, and gives you a hug. You know you've made a difference in that child's life," Johnson says.

The Albany State University police department has a mutual aid agreement with all other Dougherty County law enforcement agencies. The office also has it's own investigative and internal affairs divisions.

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