Special to SEGAZINE
Authorities say more than 10 percent of the sworn officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety are off the job until administrative glitches involving their certification can be worked out.
State officials say 121 Georgia State Patrol troopers, Capitol Police, and motor division compliance officers are affected.
WSB Radio reports that documentation was missing for the required training needed for certification.
Ken Vance, director of the Georgia Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Council, says the problems arose as the agency began transitioning from paper files to a new computer system. He believes some of the names appeared on the list due to a clerical error. Documentation for others may have been lost as they transitioned from one department to another.
Officials in Southeast Georgia said no troopers in the area were affected.
Also, some of the officers on the list had long since retired.