ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After operating short-handed for too long, the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit (ADDU) has filled a number of positions, and leaders are optimistic about the new year.
At full staff, the Drug Unit contains 24 officers. With a roster of 19, they are five short, but ADDU Chief Prurince Dice believes his team will soon be complete.
Half the officers come from the Albany Police Department and the other half come from Dougherty County Sheriffs Office or Dougherty County Police Department (DCP).
Three new officers are currently in the hiring process from DCP and Major Dice expressed that these guys are "Some of the most effective officers" he's ever seen.
"Their eagerness and their drive to be a part of that team, and to do something different and to learn. That was one of the most [important] things that stood out among all three of those individuals," said Dice.
Dice says he is looking for the most effective officers to fill these positions, and not just looking for a body to fill them.