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DCSS police under watch to improve efficiency, cut costs


Dougherty County School Police are under the watchful eye of some law enforcement veterans this week, as a team of experts is assessing the department as part of a plan to improve the entire school system.

Dr. David Mosely, the interim superintendent says they're assessing many of the departments to look at ways to improve efficiency and cut costs. He says now the police department is under the microscope, but it's nothing to be alarmed about.

A weeklong assessment of the Dougherty County School System's Police department is part of Interim Superintendent David Mosely's ongoing effort to examine all departments within the school system.

"We're going to be looking at all the operations that spend a lot of money," says Mosely, "to determine the effectiveness, any cost saving measures and any other thing that we can strengthen to make it better."

They brought in a team to look at the operations and structure of the department and offer recommendations for improvement.

"One has experience inside school police operations, and the other two are retired GBI agents with excellent backgrounds," notes Mosely. "I have heard a number of complaints, but I also heard a number of positive things and in terms of fairness and again the opportunity to strengthen any of our departments.  This is sort of what it's all about."

School board members have mixed feelings about the efficiency of the department, but agree this is something that needs to be done.

Some questions being raised are, "Does every security officer at every school really need a vehicle?"

Mosely expects to have a verbal report when the team finishes up on Friday, then a final written report in a few weeks, which he will share with the board.

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