A law enforcement organization is made to serve the community. To make the community a safe place for its citizens to live. A law enforcement organization is made from the agency size, degree of specialization, the philosophy and leadership chosen, the history and needs of the community and the political context of the department. For this paper I will be giving a brief description of the historical development of the Marietta Police department. I will give the mission statement of the department and tell how the mission is accomplished. Lastly in this paper I will cover the changes, if any, I would make to this organization. Early History of Marietta
In 1833 nearly 100 people settled in the area of Marietta. The county was named in the honor of Judge Thomas Willis Cobb, Georgia Congressman, U.S Senator and later a judge of the Ocmulgee Circuit of the Superior Court. Marietta’s first courthouse was built in 1834. By the mid-1830s, several ferries began transporting people and livestock across the Chattahoochee. By the mid-1840s, Marietta had more than 1,500 residents. The town was growing fast but that came to a temporary stop thanks to the Civil War. The courthouse and county records were destroyed, thanks to General Sherman’s troops. His troops burned every public building in the Marietta’s town square (City-Data.com, 2009).
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After the Civil war, recovery was slow for Marietta, just like any other part of the South. By the 1860s the city was beginning to prosper. New businesses were moving in and the city was attracting visitors. In the 1870s a new jail and courthouse were built. Fast forward to 2013, Marietta is Georgia’s third largest county and growing (City-Data.com, 2009). The Department
The Marietta Police Department is a fully accredited police organization that serves more than 62,000 residences and businesses with a 23-square-mile police district (Marietta Patch, 2013). The organization is made up of four divisions, support services, investigations, uniform and K9 unit. The Marietta Police Department is committed to serving the community. The department is set out to demonstrating professional excellence by utilizing proven police methodology, superb training and using new technology. They will enforce all laws to enhance public safety and reduce crime. With honor, integrity and respect they will execute all duties in a skillful, proficient and professional manner and will be responsive to the changing needs of the community. Dan Flynn serves as the chief of police (Marietta Police, 2013).
The Marietta Police Department is accredited through both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) (Marietta Police, 2013). The department is made up of well-educated, competent staff that values the integrity, community policing philosophy and continuous strive for excellence in all that they do. The Marietta Police Department is a team of over 600 officers and 150 civilian employees (Marietta Police, 2013). The Changes
The changes that I would make to the Marietta Police Department is to hire more officers so that there could be more vehicle and foot patrols. I like the fact that the police department sponsors a Citizens’ Police Academy that is a nine-week program and meets once a week. The program allows for the people in the community to experience the life of a police officer (Marietta Patch, 2013). Personally I don’t hardly see police officers riding around doing patrols and that is sad to say because I live about five miles from the police department. If I could make changes to the police department I would make more programs so that police officers can interact with the people of the community.