A patrolman for the Ellijay Police Department has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, while the recent hiring of three new officers brings the departments sworn, full-time staff to nine.
Former patrolman Brian Troglin received his sergeants badge Wednesday, Dec. 4, said Ellijay Police Chief Edward Lacey.
We had a sergeants vacancy come up this year and wed been using Brian as what we call an officer in charge a basic peace officer whos got experience in citizen leadership and additional duties, but it doesnt come with any rank or pay incentives, said Lacey.
An officer must display a certain degree of leadership to attain the rank of sergeant, Lacey said. Troglins work as an officer in charge basically an acting sergeant made him the top candidate for the official position.
Hed done that for several months, since September, and had proven himself worthy of being involved with the leadership team of the department, said Lacey.
The supervisory position entails no shortage of responsibilities.
(A sergeant) is a frontline shift supervisor. He is responsible for supervising his fellow officers in their performance and duties, making sure they get the adequate training they need, approving their reports, evaluating work performance, etc. I could give you a three-page job description, said Lacey.
Troglin, a native resident of Gilmer County, has been employed by the Ellijay Police the last three years.He attained peace officer certification in 2009 and previously held a sergeants position with the Gilmer CountySheriffs Office.
If I had to use two words to surmise my feeling about Brian, it would be integrity and character. I am pleased to have him on board the leadership team as we continue to raise the bar of professionalism in our agency, said Lacey.
The department has also welcomed three new officers Aaron Mashburn, Lawrence Mike Ware and Michael JustinWare to the force.
The preemployment screening process used to determine candidates for the positions includes a thorough background investigation, psychological and polygraph exams and written exercises, confirmed Lacey.
All three of the newly hired officers were previously employed by other city police departments in Georgia.
Mashburn was most recently employed by the City of Warner Robins as a patrolman. Mike Ware worked eight years for the MaconPolice as a motorcycle officer, while JustinWare comes to the local force from the Dalton Police Department.
They all came to us as sworn peace officers with experience, Lacey said.
The three have undergone varying degrees of training and certification, he added.
Officer Mashburn recently completed training as a crime scene technician. Mike Ware is a certified field training officer who has completed the most advanced level of accident reconstruction training (level 5), while certified peace officer Justin Ware no relation to Mike Ware is a certified GCIC/NCIC (Georgia Crime Information Center/National Crime Information Center) Terminal Operator.
The GCIC/NCIC computer system is most often used by officers to track down stolen property or wanted persons, Lacey said.
The city police chief expects that each officers knowledge of those specific areas will prove beneficial to the department.
They all have different levels of experience and bring something different and new to the table that were needing here, he said.
Lacey added that there is one remaining vacancy on the force.
We have nine sworn officers and 10 positions.Were looking to hire one more in 2014, he confirmed.