Perry police chief wants additional officers in department

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Perry’s police chief has a new plan in place that could bring more police officers to the city. 

“Our call for service volume has greatly increased in the last three years,” Chief Steve Lynn said. 

He isn’t new to compromise, he’s worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years. 

Lynn says as the city of Perry grows, so does the need to expand his department. 

“Some of it is population, some of it is traffic in general,” Lynn said. 

Officials recently put together a ten year strategic plan outlining goals and ideas that could become real in that frame. 

Chief Lynn’s biggest priority is personnel. 

“As we get new businesses here, that impacts the cost for service. When we build new neighborhoods, that does the same thing,” he said. 

Lynn put in requests with the city council last year to hire more officers — that was decline, but with costs of around $50,000 per officer he says he understands. 

“Hoping we move up on the priority list for next year. Hoping to get some additional people,” Lynn said. 

Right now the city has 35 sworn in policemen, Lynn would to bring on ten more in the next five years.

He adds when it comes to scheduling, because of a small crew, he has to get creative to make sure all of the police districts are covered. 

“We’re going to continue to do the job bottom line. We would just like some relief so that we are able to work some people less,” Lynn said. 

Until then, Lynn says he and his crew will work hard for his department, making sure the city’s streets are safe. 

City council has to determine if and when they would approve the additional funding for the police department. Chief Lynn adds bringing on new personnel is expensive, and will take his time hiring new officers. 

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