Former Columbia County captain now a Richmond County deputy

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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has hired former Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Bill Probus as a deputy, according to Sheriff Ronald Strength.

Probus resigned from his post as the head of the sheriff's office patrol division in Columbia County in early May after it was revealed he had inadvertently deleted a voice message requesting a deputy at a Belair Conference Center party. An Augusta teen was fatally shot at the March 19 party.

Strength said he discussed the incident with Probus, and Columbia County and had no concerns. Probus will start at the training center, like all new deputies on the Richmond County force.

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AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/07/11 - 10:50 pm
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Bill Probus is a man of

Bill Probus is a man of integrity and character. Richmond County has just regained a fine officer. I feel blessed and thankful that he has rejoined the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and hope he thrives here. Welcome home.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/07/11 - 10:52 pm
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That's good. Seems like a

That's good. Seems like a good man with good character.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/07/11 - 10:54 pm
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bflorie
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bflorie 07/07/11 - 11:53 pm
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Bill Probus is a very fine

Bill Probus is a very fine man and law enforcement officer. RCSO is very lucky to have hired such an outstanding officer.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 07/08/11 - 12:44 am
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He is a good officer who

He is a good officer who should not have been pushed out of CC but that is what happens when you do anything that garners any negative publicity there. He will be very good for the RC training division if only the commissoners will fund officers to actually attend training instead of continually cutting their budgets.

Lack of training = more law suits - pay now for well trained police and the safety of our county or pay more later for negligence.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/08/11 - 03:37 am
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Good news.

Good news.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/08/11 - 04:54 am
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I hope he doesn't have to

I hope he doesn't have to start on the bottom at the lowest rank and pay.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/08/11 - 05:47 am
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The culture of the "kids"
Unpublished

The culture of the "kids" attending the party has not evolved into civility. Mr. Probus was placed in a no-win situation, from the info I have seen. Political correctness will destroy America. It is stated "All men are created equal". No affirmative action, no special treatment. Ever notice basketball "stars", movie stars, politicians, high profile- least informed people recieve considerably more "fair treatment" than you and me?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/11 - 06:41 am
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He should've never been

He should've never been forced to resign in the first place. I wish him the best of luck with RCSO.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 07/08/11 - 06:43 am
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The last sentence is not

The last sentence is not correct. All Richmond County deputies do not start at the training center. They go through 2 weeks of training at the training center, then they are assigned to the road patrol, where they work their way up within the department. Mr. Probus is starting employment as a training officer at the training range. And, why shouldn't he have to start at the bottom, Riverman? What about all the officers that have worked for years with Richmond County. Don't you think that there might be some that want to go into training? Are there no qualified Richmond County officers that could move out there? When a person leaves one county and goes to another, they generally have to start at the bottom and work their way up. I'm sure that this really makes those that have been loyal to Richmond County really happy..

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/08/11 - 06:52 am
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Good to hear it. we need

Good to hear it. we need more good men on the force in Augusta.

texred
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texred 07/08/11 - 07:19 am
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He is a good officer, too bad

He is a good officer, too bad what happened had to take place, but it could have happened to anyone of us. Richmond gained a good deputy.

texred
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texred 07/08/11 - 07:19 am
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He is a good officer, too bad

He is a good officer, too bad what happened had to take place, but it could have happened to anyone of us. Richmond gained a good deputy.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/08/11 - 07:47 am
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If A Leaves is happy with

If A Leaves is happy with him...then I am too!

JohnScott213
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JohnScott213 07/08/11 - 07:59 am
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fatboyhog, you're right, some

fatboyhog, you're right, some folks at RCSO will not be happy... they should probably try to get over it. Bill Probus has more law enforcement and LE training experience in his little finger than most of the folks who would do the complaining. In fact, he may have even been the one who trained them while he was teaching at the police academy. Also, there was no animosity expressed or felt at his resignation from Columbia County. On the contrary, Sheriff Whittle expressed that he hated to see him go. But the Sheriff knew, as we all do, that Bill Probus is a man of integrity and that he felt it was the honorable thing to do, in light of what happened. Sheriff Strength made a wise decision in placing Deputy Probus at the training range, a decision that will help make the Richmond County Sheriff's Office a more professional agency.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 07/08/11 - 08:06 am
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What a nice thing to write

What a nice thing to write seenitB4! Thanks, I appreciate that. You started off my day right. Now where's the coffee...LOL.

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ctchpln 07/08/11 - 08:33 am
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So nice to hear positive

So nice to hear positive comments. Good luck, Deputy Probus.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/08/11 - 08:33 am
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Columbia County's loss is

Columbia County's loss is Richmond's gain. I wish him the very best.

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Chillen 07/08/11 - 08:57 am
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This is ridiculous. He

This is ridiculous. He didn't pull the trigger. Plus it was the responsibility of the facility to make sure someone was there. If I had not heard back from the police before the event, I would have called them back.

So, these thugs ruined the life of the person they murdered, the lives of his family AND the life of this officer. The folks who held the party and the owners of the facility get off "scott free". Wow.

noway
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noway 07/08/11 - 11:19 am
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Is this news? No.

Is this news? No.

pamela hewitt
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pamela hewitt 07/08/11 - 11:37 am
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Good Luck!Maybe this training

Good Luck!Maybe this training and learning from ur mistakes will improve ur performance as an Officer!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/08/11 - 11:42 am
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noway, maybe it is not news

noway, maybe it is not news but it is human interest. Something a little more refreshing than what we normally comment on. A success out of a failure seems good to me!! What is it in the form or "news" that you need? Shooting, cutting, auto accidents? We get that everyday!!!!

Red Moon
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Red Moon 07/08/11 - 02:15 pm
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Probus is a very knowledgable

Probus is a very knowledgable officer but now realizes that Richmond Co. is the dept. of Real Police. He can now continue to train officers to protect people from violent criminals. Columbia Co. wasn't as green as he thought. The public respects him for doing his job and not being told what to do by others not at the scene, like columbia co. Your arrest powers come from the state of georgia not appling ga. Look closely at the Thomson Police dept. and the mayor in charge of their arrest powers.

bell13
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bell13 07/08/11 - 03:17 pm
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This was a hire based on

This was a hire based on Richmond County Sheriff's Department politics. Nothing more, nothing less. New deputies do not start at the range. They receive training at the range, but most new officers start in the jail, then ride with deputies in different departments, then are assigned a spare vechicle and finally are assigned their own vechicle on whatever shift they are assigned to. I know for a fact this job was promised to someone else. And he had PLENTY knowledge and training to be a very successful training officer. Richmond County's loss I guess.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 07/09/11 - 03:10 am
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FatBoyHog, although I

FatBoyHog, although I understand your point and the potential frustration from some deputies, I frankly belive the hiring of highly trained LE officers from other agencies who have excessive command experience and then placing them in a patrol car is a ridiculous waste of talent.

Since LE agencies are in fact government agencies, they also get it wrong more often then right. Hire the best person for the job needed from within or from wherever you can find them, period. Sometimes it is actually much better to bring in someone from another location with new thoughts, ideas and a new perspective.

Tenure shouldn't mean ANYTHING in regards to promotions. Job performance, ability, training, experience, attitude, etc. are all factors that should be taken into account for a promotion or in filling any position needed within a department.

The same should go for new divisions wihtin a department. You shouldn't just promote from within when you could locate a better suited candidate with experience in a certian field from elsewhere. Already being a part of the agency certainly should account for something and hiring from within can be good but not in all cases or instances.

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Austin Rhodes 07/10/11 - 10:21 pm
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I have spoken with Bill, and

I have spoken with Bill, and Sheriffs Strength and Whittle at length about this and let me clear something up QUICK...he WAS NOT forced out in CC...he went on his own. FBH...if Sylvia Cooper left the AC, should she have to start at another paper writing obits? Apparently, the people in charge of your sheriff's office think Bill Probus has what it takes. If someone has reason to think there is a problem, let them be man enough to stand up and make the point, not throw rocks from behind trees, in the dark, wearing a mask.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 07/10/11 - 10:24 pm
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Red...those cops in Thomson

Red...those cops in Thomson should have locked the Mayor up on obstruction charges. That they did not is on them.

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