The Patrol Division of the Perry Police Department is on the move, keeping Perry safe and striving to build good relationships between officers and citizens while cracking down on lawbreakers.
Headed by Major William “Bill” Phelps, the division has thirty-one (31) officers and an Animal Control Unit with two (2) 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 follow-up, 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 eleven (11) weeks of basic mandate training from the Georgia Police Academy. Once certified, officers are required to maintain at least 20 hours of annual training. PPD officers typically receive 80-100 hours of training annually.
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. As an organization, we are transparent in all of our interactions with the public.
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 the Friends of Perry Animal Shelter (FOPAS) in placing unwanted or abandoned animals for adoption.
Criminal Investigation Division
Led by Capt. Heath Dykes, the Detective Division is comprised of five (5) detectives and a civilian evidence technician, and two (2) part-time officers. The primary responsibility of the CID is investigating felony and misdemeanor cases that require additional work beyond what the patrol division accomplishes.
The division also has the responsibility for maintaining criminal intelligence records, evidence collection and storage, processing crime scenes, and submitting forensic evidence to the various crime labs.
The detective division investigates all drug cases and executes all drug search warrants inside the City of Perry and works collaboratively with other area agencies on cases outside of our corporate limits. One (1) detective is assigned the additional duty of monitoring any known gang activity in the city.
All of the detectives assigned to CID have received specialty training in a variety of fields. The CID is a full-service investigative unit.
Support Services Division
The Community Services and Training Division, managed by Capt. James Buck, is responsible for all logistics support for the department, from uniforms to equipment to the computer infrastructure. This includes all of the vehicles and the many systems that are installed in them.
This division manages the hardware and the software programs that allow us to operate efficiently. Community Programs such as Crime Prevention, Neighborhood Watch, Gun Safety Classes and the Citizen’s Police Academy also reside here. All police training, in-house and external, is managed by this division.
The School Resource officer for Perry High School is assigned to this division as is the PPD State Certification Officer. There are three (3) full-time and one (1) part-time employees in Community Services and Training.