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Richmond County school police to reorganize

Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:20 PM
Last updated Friday, July 19, 2013 8:26 AM
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Five months after coming on to the job, Richmond County School Safety and Security Chief Alfonzo Williams will launch an overhaul of his department next school year based on his review that revealed outdated practices, poor organization, unchecked records and other deficiencies.

The plan includes creating five new positions and revising the organizational chart. The new positions will be filled by promoting existing staff, and pay increases will be covered by eliminating one vacant position.

The Richmond County Board of Education approved the changes Thursday, noting the need for improvement but hoping that promotions are made in fairness and based on qualifications.

“This department, in the eight or nine years I’ve been on the board, the morale in that department has been a roller coaster,” said board member Jimmy Atkins. “It’s up and down ... I think any positive change is going to be great.”

A new state certification manager will be put in place to protect the three-year certification by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police the department received earlier this year.

In a memo to board members, Williams said he feared the department would lose the status if current practices were left unchanged. Williams said retention of records is lacking, officers need more familiarity with certification requirements, more training is required, agency goals are unclear, chain of command is undefined, and evidentiary polices and procedures are not being followed, among other issues.

The organizational structure will be amended to clarify job duties and better disseminate responsibilities. Because some employees are handling too many responsibilities, Williams said the department is six months behind on Uniform Crime Reporting, which requires agencies to send crime statistics every month to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The current four-zone patrol structure will be reduced to two divisions, the north and south sides, which will be overseen by two new positions: a field service division lieutenant responsible for all patrol functions of the south side and north side corporals, and an administrative services division lieutenant responsible for dispatch, vehicle/fleet maintenance, training, fingerprinting, records and evidence, and emergency preparedness duties.

A new emergency preparedness officer will be dedicated to emergency crisis prevention and education. The fifth new position, an internal affairs investigator, will work threats, assaults, burglaries, thefts and other crimes that occur on school property. The defunct internal affairs division will be resurrected and combined with this position, which will help in investigating internal and criminal matters, Williams said.

Williams said candidates for these five new positions can now apply and may take on these responsibilities in addition to their current patrol duties.

Along with these changes approved Tuesday, Williams said two officers will be assigned to float among the 34 elementary schools, which has not been done in the past. The department will also fill seven vacant officer positions to bring the total officers to 36.

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griff6035
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griff6035 07/18/13 - 10:20 pm
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Reorganize

This is not a good reflection of the two head honchos running the RCSO now.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/19/13 - 05:56 am
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"Williams said two officers

"Williams said two officers will be assigned to float among the 34 elementary schools, which has not been done in the past."

They need one in every school. Believe me on this.

And it's not just about the kids, it's about the parents, too.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/19/13 - 07:55 am
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"Mindless Behavior" books concerts RCBOE & local schools.
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"Mindless Behavior" books concerts RCBOE & local schools.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 07/19/13 - 08:38 am
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Good show!

Chief Williams has my complete confidence. His no nonsense approach to law enforcement has always been tempered with a very positive sense of service to the community he serves. An overhaul of any organization every few years is a great way to insure that it continues to run smoothly. I wish him and his officers well. They have a daunting task!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/13 - 11:20 am
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Politics

Hmmm, I doubt the negative descriptions by Williams. Sure, he can make changes if he wants, but it is a flaw in his management practices to attempt to make himself look better by criticizing the former administration. The last chief, Pat Clayton, was a former federal officer, whom everyone respects regardless of politics, and by all accounts he did a great job. And, make no mistake, it is politics behind Williams' comments.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/19/13 - 11:23 am
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instead of spending 20
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instead of spending 20 million to upgrade the failing school laney, why not take that 20 million and build mini-prisons in each of the following schools:

Butler-100 bed
Glenn Hills-100 bed
Cross Creek-50 bed
Josey-500 bed
Laney-500 bed
Westside-25 bed

Then by staffing it with trainees of the prison system to run the mini-prisons what you will have is a real dipiction of what their lives will be. Since each of these schools are failing to meet ayp (except for the participation section-all that means is the thugs and animals show up and put their names or their mark (x) on top of the exam regardless if anything is right) all that is being done is feeding and baby sitting them ultimately they wind up in the criminal justice system anyway so why not invest the money wasted renovating the worst school in the county to do nothing more than hand out diplomas to children unable to read or comprehend what it sez anyway. Built mini-prisons and then as they disrupt class, assault one another, be disrepectful to teachers, staff, and administration, steal, sell or possess drugs just put them in the prisons so they can get use to what their life will be like once they graduate....

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/19/13 - 12:05 pm
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And also the RCBOE better watch their pocket book because

of Williams past history with the Waynesboro PD. He is working with the council trying to 'splain how he caused a huge overage in the city budget.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/19/13 - 12:06 pm
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LOL!

I wonder if Al and Rich are speaking after this revelation!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/19/13 - 01:45 pm
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Comparing Williams and Clayton

To say the least, it is strange for Williams to be bringing up charges of poor management with HIS past. He had numerous allegations against him of ALL kinds including control of funds and personal conduct while in Waynesboro.

Realize the RCBOE Public Safety Office was certified by the Georgia Chiefs Association in October of 2012 and the award was presented to the department May of 2013 with Chief Clayton present, recognizing his work. Clayton managed a competent office when he was there even though the BOE reduced his manpower dramatically. There was never a hint of scandal.

Corgimom, Williams' plan is actually to take 4 officers AWAY from the schools and place them in what are basically administrative positions.

redapples
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redapples 07/19/13 - 07:26 pm
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Doesn't seem like the best

Doesn't seem like the best solution to better policing is more management. Smh...

corgimom
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corgimom 07/19/13 - 09:59 pm
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There has to be

There has to be administrative positions, the paperwork on this is unbelievable.

You should see what has to be done if a student threatens to kill themselves, it's unreal. Or assaults another student.

Have to have lots of documentation, for the potential lawsuit.

Reverie
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Reverie 07/21/13 - 09:20 pm
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Too much power

In the past, it seemed the RCBOE security arm had an eye on protecting their liability and media. I will never agree that a school systems needs its own law enforcement. Let the sheriffs office absorb the manpower and funding and let the BOE educate and the sheriff enforce and protect! Too much power.

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