During the Citizens Forum held Tuesday, 3.19, at Cross Keys High School, Brookhaven City Manager, Marie Garrett, said that, ” Beginning tomorrow [3.20] and over the next 3 days we will be interviewing 9 candidates for the position of Police Chief and we expect our chief to come on board some time in May. We will have a full compliment of our Police Force starting in July – so we are very excited about that. We’re looking at 50 to 60 officers that will be coming on board that will be patrolling the city as a whole and offering you services there. Currently we have an agreement with DeKalb County for police services but we will be transitioning out of that very soon.”
The issue of establishing a Brookhaven Police Force that can provide equal or better protection than residents currently receive from Dekalb County Police Department, is front and center in the minds of many – if not all – Brookhaven Citizens. Another important aspect – aside from the financials – of our Police Department is familiarity with the community. The beauty of Brookhaven is our cultural diversity and it will be critical to have officers who understand the languages, the cultures and the people in general to be most effective.
This is and will continue to be a hot topic and the solution sits squarely on the shoulders of what the budget will yield, all-the-while the Mayor and Council must also address other areas such as enhanced parks and other city services – and find a balance between what the City can provide and what the City can afford at this early stage of existence.
On 3.12, Bill Riley provided a Police IGA update that revealed a cost of $525,000 per month for DeKalb’s Police Services. This adds up to $3,150,000 for 6 months of Police Services from the county, which is slated to end at the end of June. Watch the Police discussion here.