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Police, fire dept. take action in community

October 10, 2013 • Local News

Roswell Police and Fire departments recently have increased proactive actions lately in dealing with arrests and responding to emergencies, officers reported to city councilors Thursday.

Arrests for the month of September were 309 and self-initiated activities totaled 2,076. Proactive activities totaled 24 percent of all actions taken by officers, according to Deputy Chief Phil Smith.

Arrests have increased 18 percent in 2013.

“Our guys and women are out there doing what they’re supposed to do,” Smith said.

The department has also hired three officers and are waiting for them to graduate from training in December. Two more candidates are awaiting background checks and four additional possible hires are awaiting clearance to be assigned to patrol with field training officers.

RPD is down 10 officers, Smith said.

The department will be able to cut its officer shortage in half once its new officers—one woman and three men—are on patrol.

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