The top brass of Brookhaven’s new police force have been sworn in and are working to hire more than 50 officers for the department by summer.
Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura and Deputy Police Chief Ron Freeman took their oaths of office at the City Council’s April 23 meeting.
The two law enforcement officers, who started working in Brookhaven April 15, have been working to assemble the new city’s police force, ordering supplies and interviewing officers.
Brookhaven is looking to hire more than 50 police officers, including patrol officers, sergeants, lieutenants and detectives.
The city is recruiting candidates who are certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, according to a news release.
The number of officers the city needs was determined after Yandura reviewed neighborhood boundaries, response times, business licenses and the feasibility study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government before Brookhaven incorporated, officials said.
The city is offering a comprehensive benefits and recruiting package, including a monthly housing stipend for sworn police officers who choose to live in Brookhaven. The package also includes benefits for education assistance and take-home patrol cars, according to the news release.
Yandura said he has already interviewed 12 people. He hired a sergeant and public information officer and a bilingual administrative assistant, he said.
Yandura said he already had 100 resumes in hand before jobs were even posted online, so many more candidates are expected to apply.
“We get to pick the cream of the crop,” Yandura said.
Until Brookhaven’s Police Department is ready, DeKalb County Police officers will continue to patrol in Brookhaven.
Yandura told City Council he met with officials from DeKalb County’s North Precinct to discuss interim police services. DeKalb County Police will share weekly crime reports and statistics with the city, he said.
Yandura also said visited the private 911 Authority known as ChatComm, which serves as the dispatch operator for the cities of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek. Yandura said he “made inroads” at ChatComm should the city want to pursue joining that 911 authority.
“We’re gaining a lot of insight,” Yandura said.