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COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Police Department has exceeded its recruitment goal for the current police academy class this September, showing a complete reversal from trends in previous years.
The uptick in recruitment success comes just a few short months after a change in the department’s leadership to Interim Chief Stoney Mathis.
In a video released by CPD to their Facebook page on the evening of September 6, 2023, Officer Andrew Phillips of the CPD’s recruiting division explained the department’s recent success.
According to Phillips, Chief Mathis had previously set a goal for the department to recruit 30 new officers for the current September class of the department’s police academy.
Phillips said that through the help of community relations, social media, and media partners, the department was able to exceed that goal with 33 candidates currently standing ready to attend the September academy class.
That 10% surpassment is an astounding uptick that CPD and the Columbus community at-large should truly be proud of.
Phillips emphasized that the department’s job is not yet done. With vacancies still left to fill, the department now has a new goal of recruiting an additional 30 officers for the academy’s next class in January 2024:
“I need your help in finding those outstanding people who want to serve their community and join us at the Columbus Police Department and become officers — so help us by going to ProtectColumbus.com.”
Do you have what it takes? Your skills and dedication to our community are in high demand!
We at the Muckraker would like to thank the outstanding men and women of the Columbus Police Department for their tireless work, their extreme dedication and professionalism, and their relentless patience over the past several months.
There has never been a better time to be a Columbus Police Officer — and there are few things to be more proud of than that.
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Learn how at ProtectColumbus.com
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