Police force returning to Graysville

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For the first time in over a decade, the city of Graysville will have a police department.

According to Mayor Clark “Julio” Davis, the budget will allow for 12 part-time officers in the department. In an interview with CBS 42, Davis said the city has been dealing with a slight uptick in crime over the past two weeks, impacting a neighboring church with some of its vans’ catalytic converters being stolen, as well some of the city’s vehicles being broken into.

On Sunday, Davis will make good on a campaign promise.

“Well, we’ve got a lot of work to do to finish,” Davis said. “We’ve got to figure out several things yet, but we do have it in place to start Sept. 1. We will have officers on the street and cars on the street.”

As the pieces fall into place, Davis is also expecting three patrol cars that were gifted to Graysville by the Jefferson County Commission. It was discussed during the group’s meeting Monday.

“The sheriff was under contract with the city of Graysville,” Commission President Jimmie Stephens said. “This is part of their transition to stand a police department for the city of Graysville.”

While some residents feel like the sheriff’s office has done a great job, they’re also excited for the kind of growth that could stem from the added security of a 24-7 police presence.

“It opens up a lot of doors, you know,” resident Eric Barnes said. “It has a little more opportunity for them to really have the businesses they need for the community to thrive.”

On Sept. 5, the community will have the opportunity to meet the new officers during a meet and greet at the community center, located behind Graysville City Hall. The event will start at 6 p.m.

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