Sandy Springs police spokesman Lt. Steve Rose said the department plans to hire six part-time officers in an effort to beef up court security without pulling full time officers off the street.

The six new officers will bring the number of part time officers to 10.

Amy Davis, finance director for the city, said the Sandy Springs included $250,000 for the officers in its most recent budget. Rose said the part time officers in court will mean more full time officers on patrol. In addition to courtroom security, the officers can also do jail runs.

“Part time officers give us a lot of leverage,” Rose said. “Instead of an officer that has a beat assigned to him, he makes an arrest, the part time officer can make that jail run for him– it keeps him on the street without him taking an hour out of his day.”

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