Former Bibb Campus Police Chief to Return

6:16 AM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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The Bibb County school board tapped a former campus police chief take over the position again.

The board selected Russell Bentley, who served on the force starting in 1995, took over as chief in 2001, and retired in 2009.

Bentley is a senior analyst for Safe Havens international, the company that the district hired to to assess safety at Bibb schools last summer.

The resulting report pointed out many holes in district safety, including some in the police department. 

The report stated that the budget cuts have led to an understaffed force, and officers are not trained as well as they used to be.

Deputy Superintendent of student affairs Ed Judie said Bentley could start as early as October 1.

According to the company's web site, he's a 20-year police veteran whose career includes five years with Macon police and two as Fort Valley State University's police chief.

The chief's position has been vacant since Daniel DeCoursey left last year. The Safe Havens report said vacancies in the campus police leadership were hurting crime prevention in the district.


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