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Community Policing Office Opens

21 Aug, 2017

Police protection is one of the most important services in a community.   It provides order which is essential for a community to grow and survive.  Over the last three weeks, positive enhancements have been implemented to better provide security and stability for the taxpayers and visitors who visit Moultrie.

Frank Lang, who has served as The City of Moultrie Police Chief for 13 years, recently announced his future retirement.  Until his retirement, Lang is tasked with building stronger community relations with the community and will serve as chief emeritus.    As chief emeritus, Lang will be responsible for improving communications between the Moultrie Police Department and citizens of Moultrie.

City Manager Pete Dillard is looking forward to Frank leading the community policing efforts.  “Frank is a recognized leader in connecting the public with the police department,”  Dillard said.  “He can now concentrate on his strengths and take us to the next level.”

Lang seems excited about his new role of connecting with the public. “I look forward to this new visionary venture as the Moultrie Police Department continues to be on the cutting-edge in building a stronger and better trusting relationship with the communities we serve, “ said Lang.  “I look forward to devoting more time to networking with all stakeholders and citizens to meet our goal.”

NAMI Moultrie (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be one of the organizations Lang will be working closely with.  “We look forward to continuing a great working relationship with the Moultrie Police Department,” said Lynn Wilson, NAMI Moultrie Vice President.  “Chief Lang could help us attain CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training for 100% of our law enforcement.”

Sean Ladson has taken on the role of acting chief until Lang’s retirement becomes official.  “Having a liaison between organizations and the Moultrie Police Department is important,” said Ladson.  “It allows the organization’s voices to be heard so we can better serve the community.”

As mentioned, NAMI will be one of the first organizations Lang will be working with.  Other organizations Community Policing looks forward to working with include The Community Action Council,  The Boys and Girls Club, United Way,  Serenity House,  School System, and The Humane Society to mention a few.  Organizations interested in working with The City of Moultrie’s Community Policing Program are encouraged to call Lang at 229-891-8382.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening of The Community Policing office Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m.  The new office is located downtown at 132-B 1st street, SE (next door to The Corner Cakery).