Monday, May 20, 2013
The city plans to make additional hires to its police department later in the year.
Lt. Brandon Gurley and Sgt. Mike Goode have been sworn in as Brookhaven police officers. The AJC reports that Gurley, formerly with Sandy Springs Police as well as the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, is the police department’s public information officer, and Goode, who had a longtime career with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department, is a commander. Gurley will also head up community outreach. There will be more hirings in the department later in the year, according to the AJC article.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Brookhaven's government is holding its second town hall meeting at Ashford Park Elementary School.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Brandon Gurley used to work for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.
Brookhaven's new police department spokesman reminded media and the public Friday that DeKalb County is still handling all 911 calls as the city continues to build its own force. Brandon Gurley, the department's new public information officer, last worked for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office. Here is part of his statement: We are currently NOT an operational police department. We do NOT have officers on the streets answering calls in the city of Brookhaven. DeKalb County Police are still providing police services inside the city limits of Brookhaven, just as they were before the city incorporated. We are excited and looking forward to eventually taking over that task. The target is this summer. I am currently working with Chief …
The Drew Valley community met on Thursday night.
The Drew Valley Civic Association held a meeting on Thursday night regarding the rash of break-ins in the community. Read also:
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Chief Gary Yandura was with Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday as he signed Senate Bill 86.
Brookhaven police Chief Gary Yandura was with Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday as he signed Senate Bill 86, which gives police greater authority to enforce temporary restraining orders and protect domestic violence victims. Chief Yandura spoke in support of the bill and has worked to advocate for greater laws to protect victims of domestic violence. Also in attendance at the signing were Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan and DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston. This article was provided by the city and edited for publication.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Brookhaven police department purchased GLOCK .45 caliber handguns.
Brookhaven moved another step closer to launching its police force today with the purchase of key equipment to keep officers and the community safe. Today, Chief Gary Yandura authorized the purchase of 55 American Body Armor bulletproof vests, along with GLOCK .45 caliber handguns and badges. “Our top priority is the safety of our officers and the community,” Yandura said. “Before they even start patrolling, it is essential that every officer be outfitted with a bulletproof vest.” The city is currently applying for a federal grant to cover the costs of the vests. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, at least 33 officers’ lives were saved nationally in fiscal year 2012 because of protective vests. The service weapons, which are …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Chief Gary Yandura said he wants officers who resemble the city's makeup, including bilingual officers.
Brookhaven is now recruiting to hire more than 50 sworn police officers. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, who started last week, said he is looking to hire qualified police officers who match the makeup of the city, including bilingual officers. “Our goal is to have the best officers to serve and protect Brookhaven,” Yandura said. “Our focus will be on hiring officers who understand community policing, have excellent records of service, education and attitude.” The chief has already hired one officer – Deputy Chief Ron Freeman, who is assisting Yandura with recruiting, interviews and background checks. The city is currently recruiting patrol officers, sergeants and lieutenants, as well as detectives. The city is seeking candidates who…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mayor J. Max Davis will swear in Chief Gary Yandura at Tuesday's city council meeting.
Tuesday, April 23
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis will swear in the police chief and deputy chief at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Chief Gary Yandura and Deputy Chief Ron Freeman started work April 15. The two chiefs are now working on hiring a command staff and will begin recruiting officers in the next few weeks. Yandura, a 38-year veteran law enforcement officer, previously served as chief of police in Hiram and College Park. Freeman spent 26 years with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department and recently served as commander of Forsyth’s South Precinct. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brookhaven Municipal Court, 2 Corporate Boulevard., Suite 125, Brookhaven. This article was prepared by the city and edited for publication. Read also:
Monday, April 15, 2013
The department has also purchased 46 Ford Interceptors as police cars.
On his first day on the job, Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura named veteran officer Ron Freeman as deputy police chief. Both Yandura and Freeman started work on Monday, announcing the purchase of the city’s first police cars. The city purchased 46 Ford Interceptors, seven Impalas and three Ford Interceptor SUVs. The Interceptors, which will arrive in about two months, were selected because of their good gas mileage and availability. The Impalas and SUVs will be used by the command staff and investigators. “I am ecstatic to be part of a new city and have the privilege to work with the men and women who will be Brookhaven’s first officers,” Freeman said. “Our first priority is to make sure we provide the service and attitude that the …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Marie Garrett told the Cross Keys Foundation civic forum that the city has narrowed its field of candidates for its first-ever chief of police.
Brookhaven is now in the process of interviewing nine candidates for its first-ever police chief, according to the Brookhaven Post. During Wednesday night's Cross Keys Foundation civic forum, City Manager Marie Garrett said she expects the chief to come on board in May. Garrett also said a full police force should be in place sometime in July. She said a compliment of 50 to 60 officers will be hired to patrol the city, once Brookhaven begins transitioning away from the DeKalb County police department. See Also: More Than 100 Attend Cross Keys Foundation Civic Forum Brookhaven Launches Search for Police Chief Patch's Complete Coverage of the Brookhaven City Council