Hogansville Police Chief Moses Ector has accomplished one of the goals he had for the department since taking over the job in 2008: the department is now certified by the state.
“It’s been a rough five years, but we got it,” Ector told Hogansville City Council on Monday night.
Only Carrollton and LaGrange have the certification locally, and just 96 of 700 law enforcement agencies in the state have the certification.
Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards, a member of the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program, made the presentation to Ector and city council Monday night, along with a special certificate for police Sgt. Richard Wolfe, certification manager for the department.
“I know from personal experience, this isn’t something you can buy, you earn it,” Richards said.
To be state certified, the department had to meet 129 different standards in eight areas of law enforcement.
“I’m proud of the police department,” Councilman Scott Worthy said. “That’s going to mean a lot for the city.”
Ector said he still would like to see the department become nationally accredited, another goal he’s had since becoming chief.
“We’re starting on that next,” he said.
The police department also had two new patrol cars on display outside council chambers. The city has bought three new Ford Interceptors that will be put into use.
Also on Monday, council approved naming the bridge on Ga. 54-100, which crosses Interstate 85, after former Georgia State Patrol Trooper John Frank Bass.
The Georgia Legislature has begun the practice of naming bridges around the state for former state troopers, said Mayor Pro-tem Jack Leidner. Bass is a former Hogansville resident who was killed in the line of duty in 1950.
Council also will hold a public hearing on its Community Development Block Grant at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The $500,000 block grant the city has applied for will help fund the city’s sewer infrastructure improvements.