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Albany Police Department in hiring mode

Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor has been traveling to recruit quality candidates for openings at the APD. (May 23, 2013)

Albany Police Department Chief John Proctor has been traveling to recruit quality candidates for openings at the APD. (May 23, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. -- Police Chief John Proctor has given the go-ahead to 16 potential new officers for the Albany Police Department, with at least 21 more to come, officials say.

Proctor and his recruitment team have been traveling to spots like Columbus and Dothan, Ala., looking for a "few good people," with quality the prime objective, Phyllis Banks, a spokeswoman for the Albany Police Department, said.

"Chief Proctor and his team are looking for career-minded officers," Banks said, "people who want to stick around and be a part of the community."

According to Banks, the initial application is just a beginning. After interviewing with Proctor, officer hopefuls must pass a "cognitive exam," which rates the applicant's ability to think, reason and remember. If the applicant does well, he or she is allowed to take an agility test. A passing standard is required for both exams if the applicant is to continue the process. In addition, a recruit must have a high school education or GED and no felonies.

Prospective officers attend APD's two week "pre-academy" to demonstrate their capabilities before the 11- to 12-week police academy at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. After that, new officers are paired for three months with a field training officer, who will further educate and train the recruit, Banks said.

The road to a career in law enforcement is not an easy one to travel. According to Banks, from more than 200 officer applications, only 19 were granted interviews and job offers were made to 16.

"From the application stage to becoming a full-fledged APD officer is a process of about one year," Banks said.

Officials say the APD is currently budgeted for 214 officers, and the additional 21 recruits will bring the department to that level.

The starting salary of an APD officer is about $33,000 annually, Banks said.

Comments

chinaberry25 11 months ago

There are enough folks walking the street to fill these vacancies. Why not go out to the Dept of Labor and see what pops out.

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VSU 11 months ago

Seems the APD is always in the hiring mode.

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Doc15 10 months, 4 weeks ago

If Proctor is such a wonderful Chief why is he always looking for a few good men/women?? Maybe we should ask his officers off camera how is the morale and I am sure you will get a candid answer.

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VSU 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Well Proctor has done a better job than the last two clowns they had as police chief. Low pay probably plays a big role in lack of morale.

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Sister_Ruby_Two 10 months, 4 weeks ago

See if you can find some folks that weigh less than 300 lbs.

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Abytaxpayer 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Proctor Has done a very good job considering the city commission would rather support fish than APD. Who want to see fish when you are afraid to walk from the parking lot?

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Abytaxpayer 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Proctor Has done a very good job considering the city commission would rather support fish than APD. Who wants to see fish when you are afraid to walk from the parking lot?

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Joseph 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I applied to ADP two years ago and was not hired. I have a 4 year degree, from the University of Georgia, and lived in Albany at the time. I made it through much of the hiring process and then out of the blue they said I wasn't what they were looking for! Turns out it was a blessing I now have a higher paying better law enforcement job!

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bubbasmithredneck 10 months, 4 weeks ago

All the police in Albany seem to ride up and down Gillionville.....they need to spread out and serve ALL of ALBANY!!! Not just Gillionville!!

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