Warner Robins PD takes new approach to officer shortage

If you are eager to apply, you will have to wait, as the application date has not yet been announced.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — With fewer people choosing the badge, the Warner Robins Police Department is taking a new approach.

They are starting a program for those who wish to serve part-time.

“There is a group of officers who are either retired or currently working for an agency, a smaller agency that could work overtime in a larger department, so we are looking to focus on that group” said Police Chief John Wagner. .

WRPD and city mayor Larhonda Patrick announced a part-time patrol officer program.

“These are paid positions, it will be something where they can get in a patrol car with another officer or it could be the place where they get in a police car alone and they are there for four hours and they respond to domestics, accidents, like any other officer,” Wagner said.

The initiative makes police stations more accessible.

“We will be looking for POST certified officers to do the job. We are a certified agency, so there is a test or hurdles that you have to go through to make sure you are doing it the Warner Robins Police Department way,” did he declare.

The initiative is twofold. Mayor LaRhonda Patrick said in a press release that the part-time officer program also addresses an increase in crime.

“We are definitely seeing crime. Violent crime is there, and it’s seen everywhere, but we just need more police to get proactive and right now we’re continuing the appeals,” the chief explained.

Richard Hall lives at Warner Robins and remembers the police being on Patrick’s campaign platform.

“She mentioned something about it when she ran for mayor that she wanted to try and clean up the area and stuff like that, so I think it’s a great job that she’s involved in this program “, he recalls.

Now that it’s in motion, he says it might work.

“Allowing people who are already POST certified I guess they call it a ride or whatever once they see how to patrol the streets of Warner Robins, Georgia and stuff like that I think it will be a great asset to the city,” Hall said.

If you are eager to apply, you are going to have to wait, as the date for those interested has not yet been announced.

Mayor-sworn officers will then complete an additional 18-week orientation with the Warner Robins City Police Department.

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