Lanier County Sheriff Could Take Control of Police Department

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By Eames Yates
April 3, 2013

Lanier County, GA -

One Lanier County resident said "no bigger than this community is we only need one force." Another said "I think it's a good idea."

The Lakeland city council is considering a plan to let the Sheriff's office take over the police department.

The new Lakeland Division of the Lanier County Sheriff's Office would require seven new hires. Five deputies, one investigator and one supervisor.

Albert Griffiths supports the idea. He lives outside the city limit making the sheriff's office his only line of defense.

He said "I'm totally disabled so security's very important to me. Having the additional manpower will make it possible for more people to patrol. Therefore I can feel a little more comfortable."

Many residents support the proposal. But for any one who doesn't, the city's mayor says there's only one place for your voice to be heard.

Lakeland Mayor Bill Darsey said "come to city council meetings. The next meeting is the second Tuesday five thirty, second Tuesday of every month at five thirty and we'll bring it up and I'll ask for public comment."

The decision falls on the shoulders of the city council. The mayor will ask if they want to proceed with the idea this Tuesday April 9th.
Anyone from Lanier County can address the city council.

Lanier County has a population of roughly 10,000 people.

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