Four officers join Albany Police Department

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- The ranks of the Albany Police Department are growing.

Four new Albany Police Department recruits were sworn in at a ceremony at the Law Enforcement Center on Oglethorpe Boulevard Monday evening.

"This is a very important step in beginning these jobs," said Capt. Russell Barnes. "It's a tremendous job, but it's a very rewarding career.

APD Chief John Proctor was there to give the officers their ceremonial oath of office, as well as to give a few words of wisdom to the department's new employees.

The remarks he gave started by referring to the core values of APD.

"As long as you live by that (code), you will be fine," he said.

He then continued on to say to the audience and to the new officers: "These folks have worked hard to get to where they are. Too often we are the ones running toward the battle while others are running away.

"You will think you are in the wrong position, but you'll see that it is rewarding."

The 34-year law enforcement veteran also gave some advice on how to juggle duties on the job and at home.

"To the officers, I implore you to make time for your families," Proctor said. "You can make it work if you choose to make it work.

"Don't be such a 'manly man' that you won't accept a hug. Also realize that there is a higher power."

Three of the recruits -- Dillard Glover, Joshua Jarrett and Robert Micheli -- went through 10 weeks of training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

Chris Smith, the fourth recruit, trained at South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

"I'm ready for it," the Plains native said. "It's a new experience. I like new things and helping people."