Brookhaven’s police force is continuing to grow with the addition of two bilingual police officers, Sgt. Chad Latonis and Lt. Juan Grullon, the city reports.
The officers started work last week and will be sworn in June 11. Brookhaven officials plan to have more than 50 officers patrolling the city this summer.
Latonis joins Brookhaven from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, where, he implemented Hispanic community outreach programs. He also served as a gang investigator with a special operations unit.
Grullon comes from the East Point Police Department, where he managed anti-narcotics, serious crime, high-risk warrant and K-9 units.
Both officers are fluent in Spanish and English and have more than 15 years of experience in law enforcement.
“I am adamant about building a force that is able to serve and protect all of our community members and reflects the diversity in our city’s population,” Yandura said a news release.
The chief has already hired Deputy Chief Ron Freeman, Sgt. Mike Goode, Lt. Brandon Gurley and Chief Administrative Assistant Rossana Morales-Romero. The city is still recruiting patrol officers, sergeants and lieutenants, as well as detectives. Bilingual candidates and those who are certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council will be given special consideration.