ATLANTE – Over the past 6 months, FOX 5 has covered several Metro Atlanta Sheriff’s Deputies who have been arrested and face serious charges. These charges range from pedophilia to DUI.
Law enforcement experts spoke with FOX 5 about protocol during these investigations and the importance of preventing them.
The Georgia Council for Standards and Training of Law Enforcement Officers, or POST, said there are typically 1,500 investigations involving officer misconduct a year out of about 60,000 law enforcement personnel in the country. State of Georgia. Experts said their standards were high when recruiting and high when conducting these internal investigations.
Just about every sheriff’s office in Metro Atlanta is hiring.
“A lot of people didn’t just want to be law enforcement in 2020,” said Sgt. Jeremy Blake of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office said.
“We need to do more than just a job interview. We need to look at their social media. We need to ask for references,” said Cedric Alexander, national law enforcement analyst and former county director of public safety. by DeKalb.
In October of last year, a former DeKalb County detention officer was charged with having sex with an inmate.
In December, FOX 5 reported a Rockdale County deputy charged with impaired driving.
In January, a former Cobb County deputy was charged after contraband was discovered at a detention center.
This month, a Spalding County deputy was charged with sending obscene material to a teenager and a DeKalb County deputy was charged with child molestation and rape.
The Georgia Council for Standards and Training of Peace Officers, or POST, said it oversees such investigations and the number of cases is typical.
“If you look at the overall numbers [compared to last year] it’ll be pretty consistent,” POST’s Mike Ayers said.
“People make mistakes,” Alexander explained, “but law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard.”
Alexander said the misconduct highlights the importance of a strong recruiting process.
It’s not lost on the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.
sergeant. Jeremy Blake said they revamped their recruiting process over the past year. There are now four recruitment officers, instead of two. They go to hiring events and look for recruits instead of holding stand-alone events, expecting recruits to come to them.
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