Chatham County’s Police Chief calls it progress.
It’s been four months since the creation of the county’s own police department, and Chief Jeff Hadley says the department is moving in the right direction.
The Chatham County Commission approved funding for the new body cams and taser during Friday’s meeting.
But, Chief Jeff Hadley says his biggest challenge is staffing his new department.
Right now, there are 73 officers on the force, five of them are in the academy. Hadley says he needs a total of 127 officers to be fully staffed.
Chatham County Police Officers are still getting assistance from deputies with the county sheriff’s department.
But, Chief Hadley says the department is moving forward — his officers will be equipped with body cams and tasers by July.
“I’m very excited about the body cameras as a level of transparency and commitment to the community and it helps the officers as well,” says Chief Jeff Hadley with Chatham County Police Department.
Hadley says his officers have been working a lot of burglary cases involving people who didn’t lock their vehicles. Since March 1, there have been 12 handguns stolen from unlocked vehicles.