“We will be fully integrated well before the start of the fall 2017 semester.”In recent months, the police departments have conducted extensive cross-training with front line supervisors and officers, including ride-alongs, to facilitate team-building between officers at both universities.“The safety of students, faculty and staff on all three campuses is our top priority,” says Georgia Southern President Jaimie Hebert.“Our police officers play a vital role in the overall safety of the new Georgia Southern University.The total number of police personnel employed by the two agencies prior to the sharing of services was 70. This represents a reduction of 12 full-time paid and benefited employees.This was accomplished by reducing the number of redundant positions between the two organizations and better utilizing personnel to address policing issues that are important to all three communities.Chief Laura Mc Cullough says this move makes for a better single department.“In taking the best parts of each department and bringing them together, we're not making another Georgia Southern department.We're making a new department,” Chief Mc Cullough said.
The agreement outlines a series of reforms that must be undertaken.
“There are some very good men and women working there, but the undeniable fact is they have some issues that need to be resolved.”Commissioner Lonnie Talbert agreed that now might not be the best time for consolidation, but he urged his colleagues not to rule it out, saying it has worked well in other larger cities.
Johnson said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office has an excellent reputation, and he wouldn’t want to see that tarnished.“I in no way want anybody to think I’m trashing APD, because I’m not,” he said.
In 2015, Armstrong was named a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the U. Georgia Southern is ranked as one of the nation’s Top 100 Safest Colleges in America by the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s Safest Colleges in America 2017 report.
Georgia Southern’s Police Department is among a growing number of police departments on college and university campuses that are using video technology during routine and critical calls for service.