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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
August 9, 2007
Albany -- Twenty-four year old Rodney Wells is one of the newest additions to Albany's Finest.
"When I am patrolling depending on where I am at I look for people running stop signs, red lights, and expired tags," said Wells. "Those are the easiest pretty much to find, but those are the main things I typically look for.
He is one more officer on the street, one more added to a squad that desperately needed more people. "It's a step in the right direction. Citizens will see more visibility and our response time will be reduced," said Albany Police Chief, James Younger.
The training it took to prepare him and the other new recruits for this new role was extensive. "You go through a chief meeting, a psychological exam; just a series of tests just to make sure you are fit for the job before they hire you on," said new recruit Brandi Chester.
And once you are signed on it continues. "Our officers go through a pre-academy program for six weeks. The academy itself is ten weeks. And after the academy they ride along with a seasoned officer," said Younger.
Regardless of all this training, the recruits agree that the best teacher is the streets. "They can only train you for so long. Lot of the stuff you encounter is through hands on training," said Chester.
In the end Rodney only hopes that his presence makes a difference. "What I really want is for crime rate to go down for the city and not just my beat. But I now its going to take a lot of police officers to do it," said Wells.
Hopefully with the new additions, the Albany Police Department can make it happen.
Although Albany Police is fully staffed, it will be a while before the community will see their presence. All of the new hires won't be fully patrolling on their own until after January first.