ASU works to strengthen police force

ASU works to strengthen police force
Albany State University has 26 certified officers in its 50-person department. (Source: WALB)
Officers participated in a CPR training on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
Officers participated in a CPR training on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Chief John Fields said he is working to send more of his staff to the police academy. (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Chief John Fields said he is working to send more of his staff to the police academy. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany State University Police Department is working to strengthen its force.

Many area police departments are running into problems retaining good officers.

ASU Police Chief John Fields has been working to sharpen the skills of the team he already has.

Part of that includes getting everyone POST certified.

Right now, two people who have been working as security officers are at the police academy. It's the first time the department has sent officers in more than 20 years. Fields plans to send another few this summer.

"Once you do that, you are growing your own," explained Fields. "You get the police officers with your vision, with no set values or mindset about how police should be. They're going with the concept of being a campus police officer which is totally different than doing some other thing in municipality."

Officers also complete dozens of training sessions.

On Tuesday, officers participated in a CPR session to keep their skills sharp.

Fields' department is currently down four positions.

There are about 50 total people on staff with 26 certified officers and six reserve.

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