Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 8,863
Agency Size: 38 total – 34 sworn; 4 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): N/A
Grant Focus Area(s): Training; Community Engagement
The Fort Valley, Georgia, Police Department (FVPD), with a total authorized staff of 38, is the primary law enforcement agency for 8,863 residents. FVPD is divided into five divisions: Uniform Police Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Support Services Division, Special Operations Division, and the Office of Professional Standards. FVPD has been experiencing an increase in reported aggravated assaults and armed robbery.
Using Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) funding, FVPD proposed to address these challenges through community policing patrols in identified crime hot spots, increase training and educational opportunities for department personnel, and strengthened collaborative problem-solving partnerships between the department and community members. Personnel from FVPD will be dedicated to each hot spot, providing opportunities for deeper relationship building with residents, property owners and managers, and other community stakeholders. FVPD will seek applicable training opportunities for department personnel, likely in the areas of investigative follow-up, victim services, and problem solving. Through these combined efforts, the FVPD seeks to reduce violent crime activity within each of the identified focus areas.