Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thank You to the Dunwoody Police Department for serving with distinction

Dunwoody Police Report
Chief, Billy Grogan

The report below written by Dunwoody Police Chief, Billy Grogan will be presented at Monday's City Council Meeting and it's an overview of the Departments activities.  I will post just the introduction of the ten page report and then if you want to see the full details, you will need to either click this link or read the embedded version if available down below.  I am very proud of the work these men and women do and everyday they are living up to the the Mission and Vision laid out by Chief Grogan as well as remaining grounded in the Core Values of the organization.

In 2010, the Dunwoody Police Department has continued to provide the high level of customer service citizens have come to expect from our department. In addition, our department has continued to develop and strengthen our relationship with the community acknowledging this relationship as the foundation for all that we do. The Dunwoody Police Department has continued to focus on strategies to reduce crime and to that end; we have sought local, state and federal partners in our efforts to reduce crime and the victimization of our citizens.

If 2009 was a year of new beginnings, 2010 has been a year of transitions. We have shifted from doing what we had to do to get the department started to actually serving the community competently and professionally which is a different challenge altogether.

The Dunwoody Police Department is only as good as the men and women who work here. Although I am biased, I believe our department has some of the most dedicated men and women, both sworn and civilian, to ever work in local law enforcement. Their professionalism and commitment to service and teamwork is unparalleled. I am very proud of each and every person whom I have the privilege of working with at the Dunwoody Police Department.

This report provides information about the Dunwoody Police Department which might be of interest to you and citizens as alike.

Overview of the Dunwoody Police Department

The Dunwoody Police Department currently has 42 sworn police officers and 8 civilians providing service to the citizens of Dunwoody. We are a full service department providing 24 hour coverage. A Police Service Representative can always be reached at the main number for the department at 678-382-6900. In addition, a police supervisor is always on duty and available if needed.

So far in 2010, the Dunwoody Police Department has added 1 new Detective position and 1 new Drug Unit position. Officer Patrick Krieg will be assigned to the Dekalb High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) group as soon as our new recruit, Officer Trey Nelson, has been released to solo status. The Dekalb HIDTA group focuses their drug enforcement efforts in Dekalb County.

In addition, 2 new patrol officer positions will be filled in October. These positions will be assigned to the Uniform Patrol shifts.

Our retention rate for personnel has been exceptional. Only 1 sworn officer has left the department in almost 18 months and only 2 civilians have left during this same time period. There are several reasons for this low turnover rate. The first reason is the care and effort expended during the recruitment process to hire those who were committed to developing their career at the Dunwoody Police Department. The second reason is the commitment made by the City Council to provide a pay and benefits package which was attractive to quality candidates who were otherwise happy at their previous departments. The last reason is the emphasis placed on the professional development of employees as well as the emphasis on a culture of service and a commitment to teamwork.

Lastly, the Dunwoody Police Department currently has 8 officers who live in the City of Dunwoody. This translates to 19% of our police officers who live within the City of Dunwoody. In addition, we have 12 employees who are currently attending college for their degree or advanced degree.
Dunwoody_Police Department Report of Sept 2010

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