DCSS police assessment winding down

ALBANY, Ga. -- A three-person investigative team hired by the Board of Education to make an assessment of the operations of the Dougherty County School System Police Department wrapped up its first week of interviews Friday.

The team, made up of two retired Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and a retired police officer conducted more than 30 interviews with board members, system administrators, outside public safety officials and all 20 full-time DCSSPD officers.

The team also collected supporting documentation and examined police department facilities.

"We're conducting an assessment, not an investigation," team leader Gary Rothwell said. "We're here to find out what they do well, what needs improvement and make suggestions. We want to see what they are doing, how they are doing it and identify problems."

Rothwell, who spent 31 years with the GBI, said he plans to return to Albany by himself next week to conclude his interviews.

"I'll do some follow up interviews and talk to some people we missed because of scheduling conflicts," Rothwell said. "We have talked to a lot of people and have generated a lot of information to go over."

Rothwell added that he will provide Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely with a verbal exit report before giving him a formal written report sometime late next month.