Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

March 31, 2014

Police showcase equipment for certification check

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Police Department turned out much of its special equipment Sunday for a certification inspection.

Every three years, personnel with CALEA — the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies — carry out an inspection of the department for international certification, said VPD Capt. Bobbi McGraw.

The inspectors sent to Valdosta this year are Chief Michael Dickey of the Fairfield, Ohio, police department and Capt. Sharon Massey of the Deer Park, Texas, police, she said.

Sunday, the inspectors reviewed a static display of the department’s gear, “from ordinary patrol cars to extraordinary equipment like the robot,” McGraw said.

On hand in the parking lot at the department’s Toombs Street headquarters were patrol cars, detectives’ cars, the VPD Mobile Command Center, a K9 car, the department’s Tactical Operations Unit vehicle and a wirelessly controlled robot.

Police mostly use the robot for hostage situations and suspicious packages, said Lt. Brian Wood, part of a five-member robot unit. Wood has also had cross-training in hostage negotiations.

The robot — “Miss Daisy” — can be outfitted with a shotgun and a mast for video equipment, he said.

“Miss Daisy’s a Transformer on steroids,” Wood said.

Officer Andre Porter, a K9 specialist, showed the inspectors his car and equipment, with his furry partner inside the vehicle.

Across from the K9 car was the Mobile Command Center, a mobile headquarters used for special events and crisis situations. It can often be seen in a high-profile location at the Valdosta Mall during the Christmas season. McGraw said the command center, obtained through a Georgia Emergency Management Agency grant, is useful in crowd situations and in providing a central facility for interoperability between different agencies.

Later in the day, Dickey and Massey were scheduled to tour the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory.

Text Only
Local News
  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

  • Lake Park holds millage rate hearings

    Lake Park City Council held two public hearings Tuesday to discuss raising Lake Park's millage rate from 5.052 to 6.552, an increase of 1.5.

    July 30, 2014

  • 140729_celebritywaiter004.jpg Celebrity waiters raise $14,000 for CAC

    For local leaders, wearing aprons, counting tips and taking drink orders is quite the change from their day jobs. When it's for a good cause though, these “celebrities” didn't mind stepping out of their comfort zones to help.

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Jim Zachary Mug shot.jpg Zachary named The Valdosta Daily Times’ editor

    Veteran newspaper editor Jim Zachary has assumed the editor’s chair at The Valdosta Daily Times.
    During the past two decades Zachary has been one of the most decorated community newspaper journalists in Georgia and Tennessee.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140728-griner001.jpg Griner takes oath

     Surrounded by family, friends, and fellow commissioners, Clay Griner took the oath of office Monday morning as the Lowndes County Super District 5 commissioner.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results