EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Waynesboro’s New Police Chief Outlines Plans

EXCLUSIVE ON 6: Waynesboro's New Police Chief Outlines Plans (Image 1)

One local city has a new police chief in town.

It's now week 3 for Augustus Palmer III – who's heading up the Waynesboro Police Department.

Nearly 6,000 people call the city of Waynesboro home, and now there's a new person calling the city home as well — this man – Augustus Palmer the 3rd, who's now the city's police chief.

“I came from a major law enforcement – APD – in the state of Georgia.  We had a lot of challenges – I've worked everything from public housing to Buckhead,” said Augustus Palmer III.

The chief brings nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience to the job.

“I want to bring a very simple approach to policing. I want to police with CPR – courtesy, professionalism, and responsiveness,” said Palmer III.

The city has around 30 cops now – so about one cop for every 200 citizens. He doesn't predict any job cuts but hints at job changes.

“I don't for see any job cuts. There may be reassignments and day-to-day responsibilities but not eliminations of jobs,” Palmer III.

The old police chief of Waynesboro introduced the community policing model to the city and the citizens on patrol program. He also introduced the new substation here in Pecan Grove to curb crime. The new police chief says he plans to move forward with those initiatives.

“I am looking forward to a long lasting relationship between myself and the city of Waynesboro,” said Palmer III.

The new chief says the key is to stay visible in the community – a practice he's already started.

The city's old police chief, Alfonzo Williams, now works as the police chief for the Richmond County BOE.

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