Facts can be stubborn things


Police Chief Cleveland Spruill with members of the Athens Classic Inc. executive committee board. Steve Middlebrooks, the board's chair, is at the far right.

By Steve Middlebrooks

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has been operating roughly 40 sworn officers short of full complement for more than a year now. Despite the pandemic, last year's summer of racial justice protests and increasing violent crime, and other challenges, our Athens-Clarke County Police Department responded to more than 97,000 dispatch calls by 911 during 2020. Against that massive count, there were just under 50 complaints filed. Not that the number of complaints is a complete summary of every mistake or possibly difficult arrest, but that is a complaint rate of only .0005 percent.