The Patrol Division of the Perry Public Safety Department is on the move, keeping Perry safe and striving to keep good relationships going between officers and citizens while cracking down on lawbreakers.

Headed by Capt. William Bill Phelps, the division has 28 officers, including two P.A.C.E. officers, and an Animal Control Department with one full-time employee and one part-time employee.

The patrol division responds to all 911 emergency calls from citizens. These officers are the first to make contact with a person reporting a crime. While some cases are turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division for further investigation, in many cases officers in the patrol division obtain warrants and make arrests.

They respond to any emergency or traffic accident, as well as enforce all local traffic laws.

The P.A.C.E. officers work in drug-prone areas, keeping an eye out for drug activity as well as enforcing traffic laws. P.A.C.E. stands for Proactive Criminal Enforcement.

All Perry Police Officers are Post Certified, which means that they complete 20 hours of training each year from the Georgia Police Academy. They also have training within the department, and officers typically exceed state training requirements by as many as 20 hours. To become a Perry Police Officer, one must have completed at least two years of college study.

Because of Perry's size, officers frequently know the citizens they are assisting by name, either through church, community or family relationships. They strive for a grassroots approach, building trust with those they serve.

The Animal Control unit is responsible for picking up animals that are creating a nuisance, and holding animals that are lost. They also coordinate with Friends of the Perry Animal Shelter in placing unwanted or abandoned animals for adoption.

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