Downtown cops

OnlineAthens.com has an article about the police officers who work downtown. I was encouraged to read the quote from Lt. Melodi Bennett which says that "We screen the officers because we don't want hotheads down here." It has been a common perception in our community that the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has a number of courteous professionals on its force but also a number of power-trippers, and it has been understood that the unprofessional officers are usually found working downtown at night. I am glad that the administration of our police department is aware of the problem and addressing it. Now if someone can pass along news of any steps taken by the University of Georgia to improve the culture of its own police department, I would be glad to hear it.

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