The Patrol Division of the Perry Police 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 Major William “Bill” Phelps, the division has 30 officers, and an Animal Control Department with two full-time employees.
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.
All Perry Police Officers are Post Certified, which means that they completed 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. 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 Perry Animal Shelter in placing unwanted or abandoned animals for adoption.
Criminal Investigation Division
The Perry Police Department Detective Division is comprised of six detectives and a civilian evidence technician. The primary responsibility of the CID Division is investigating felony level cases and, in special circumstances, misdemeanor cases as well. The division also has the responsibility for maintaining criminal intelligence records, and evidence collection, storage, processing, and submitting to regional crime labs. The detective division investigates all drug cases and executes all drug search warrants inside the City of Perry as well as any gang related activities. Many of the detectives assigned to CID have specialty training to investigate crimes in specific fields such as identity fraud and sexual offense.
Community Services and Training
The Community Service and Training Division is responsible for a number of activities within the Perry Police Department. Under this division fall Crime Prevention, Neighborhood Watch, Training, State Certification, School Resource Officers, Information Technology, Budget & Purchasing, Senior Volunteer Program and the Citizen and Junior Police Academies.