Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:34:50 GMT
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of TraumaMore >>
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.More >>
August 18, 2006
Albany --- Georgia's top two law enforcement agencies are suffering from a critical shortage of officers. Low pay and long hours are forcing GBI Agents and Georgia State Troopers to opt for higher-paying local and federal jobs. And it's making life tough on those who stay in the state jobs.
Senior Trooper Darryl Benton has worked for the State Patrol for 13 years. "Most of the troopers throughout the state of Georgia do the job because they love the job itself. Putting our lives on the line for the state, for the citizens of the state is part of what we took an oath to do to begin with."
But he's seen a lot of changes over the years. "In the past ten years, we've lost about six troopers here at this post locally. Several years ago, we had almost 12 on staff, as far as troopers are concerned. Now we're down to only six." Six troopers to patrol four counties.
In the past few years the shortage has become more prevalent. Troopers, as well as radio operators and other state employees in general, are leaving the department for better pay, of course, and with the cost of living going higher and higher, it makes it hard to sustain a basis of living.
And harder to sustain a level of security. "It makes it harder and a little more unsafe for the troopers to be out here on the road by themselves."
But Trooper Benton is here to stay, regardless of the dangers. "No traffic stop is a routine traffic stop. They're all high risk stops." And regardless of the pay. "We try and do the best we can, with what we have, but with pay being an issue, as well as equipment, it makes it hard sometimes."
"It doesn't give them the type of protection they deserve. We're trying to do the best with what we have and we just want citizens and everyone to know that we're not going to slack up even though we may be falling short as far as staff is concerned."
But they won't fall short on service. Don't worry. They'll keep the blue lights on for you. The new state budget calls for three to seven percent pay raises, but troopers won't receive them until January. And even then, not all troopers will get the raises. It depends on their tenure and classification.