New APD chief not planning any big changes

New APD chief not planning any big changes

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's new police chief says he doesn't plan any big changes, but will continue the path their department has established in recent years.

43-year old Michael Persley said it has been his goal since he joined his hometown police force 21 years ago to become the chief of the Albany Police Department.

He is humbled and grateful for the opportunity.

Persley said he feels the Albany Police are one of the best departments in the state and plans to build off the foundation they have laid.

"I want us to work together as a team, with all of my colleagues to keep crime down. To engage with the community, and to have partnerships to help make this city a safer place and to solve problems." said Michael Persley.

Persley will work closely with Chief John Proctor for the rest of the month. Proctor will then retire and Persley take charge as chief.

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