Viewpoint: APD: Fewer Chiefs, More Indians

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Good news this week from Albany Police Chief Proctor. He wants more "street police," to fight crime, by having fewer chiefs and more Indians.

We could not agree more!

Now faced with 43 openings, 15 of those openings would have been filled with Sergeants and Lieutenants in the old system. There have been 13 terminations, nine since Proctor was hired.

Proctor says his new proposal is less supervisory and more "boots on the ground."

A side benefit is new street officers cost less than supervisors, saving needed dollars to purchase technology, other departments are already using. One example is computer laptops for reports done on line, now being done by hand.

We totally agree Chief Proctor, putting more officers on the street, and using better technology is what we should be doing.

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