City of Marietta considers plan for citizen police - CBS46 News

City of Marietta considers plan for citizen police

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) -

Marietta City Council is expected to vote on a plan to add 10 new positions to the Marietta Police Department in the form of non-sworn officers, though the employees would carry out some duties currently handled by officers.

The name of the position has not been settled on, but the department said the job would be along the lines of a police ambassador: able to respond to non-violent calls, take reports, and assist citizens when possible.

"Something where one party is there, another party is gone, there's no chance for a use of force," said Officer Chuck McPhilamy.  "The (ambassadors) would not be carrying weapons," he said, adding they also would not be able to make arrests.

The city expects to require roughly $600,000 to hire 10 people and outfit five new vehicles with appropriate gear, including lap top computers and police radios. The vehicles would feature amber lights only, no blue lights.

City Council is expected to vote on the proposal on June 14.  If it passes, the department could start to hire the positions as soon as July or August.

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