COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – According to a news release from officers of the Brotherhood of Police (FOP) in Columbus, there are 232 members in the FOP and 73 percent of those members are Columbus Police Officers.
84 percent of those officers said they didn’t think Columbus Police Chief Freddie Blackman was right for the job.
At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, FOP President Lt. Ralph Dowe released results of a poll suggesting law enforcement officials doubt Blackman’s ability to carry out his duty as police chief.
The presentation of the poll results caused some people to question the motive behind their concern. President of the local NAACP branch, Wayne Hailes is one of them.
He says the poll was intended to embarrass the police chief and also says the FOP motives are racist. However, Dowe says the demographics of the vote represent the demographics of the police department.
Another issue that has been brought up, and one that both Blackman and Mayor Skip Henderson agree with, is inadequate pay and police shortages.
“Since 2016 we have hired 300 police officers and in the same period 400 officers have left the department,” explains Schwarzmann.
He adds that the department is currently conducting a salary study to solve the salary problem.
Blackman says he will continue to address these current issues as well as those that preceded it.
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