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Douglasville Police Department Releases 2019 Report

Post Date:01/22/2020 3:37 PM

Chief Gary SparksDear Citizens of Douglasville,

In an effort to continuously better ourselves and maintain the highest level of professionalism, we monitor several aspects of our operations at the police department. We then review this data to ensure that we are providing fair, transparent, community-based police service to all of our citizens. This data is compiled in an “End of the Year Report” which I review with my command staff so that we have renewed direction and focus in the upcoming year. 

This is the fourth year that we will share this report with the public. Although it does not capture all that we do, it does highlight several aspects of our operation including hiring, staffing, use of force, complaints, calls for service, discipline, retention, demographics of the community and agency, etc. 

Many agencies never publish this information. This is unfortunate for the citizens, as they may never get a true picture of their community, their police department, and the way in which the two interact. This is your community and your police department. We will provide you with as much information as we can so that you may feel like an informed and active member of both.

The information provided in the report reflects where we are now, and it provides a path for the future. Please rest assured that we will use this data to implement positive change and progressive new strategies for improving what we do, and how we serve. I will emphasize that transparency in policing only works if you share your thoughts and ideas. We can only effectively police this community if you are involved in the process and the discussion. Please let me, or any of your police officers, know what you think about how we serve you. We will listen. Our goal is to be ONE with our community.

Thank you, 
Chief Gary Sparks

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