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SCMPD police chief issues memo on officer concerns

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WTOC has obtained a copy of an 11-page memo Interim Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Chief Julie Tolbert sent to her officers Monday detailing concerns with the department each precinct and division of the department has brought.

The memo brought up dozens of issues, but some came up over and over again.

One was high turnover, offices saying they see rookies leave for jobs with other departments after being trained by Metro and putting in the required two years.

Officers also complained of low morale and that many did not see a clear path forward in their careers with the department and that they did not have faith in the promotion process.

Officers also complained of stagnant salaries and said they needed more training.

They also have said their patrol cars are aging, complaining of rusting and overheating cars that broke down, with as many as 160,000 miles. 

Monday night, Savannah's mayor and City Council said they hadn't seen the memo and couldn't comment on its specifics.

District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas said hearing of the memo was encouraging.

"There is some pressure to get this department back up, get this department running, get us through these scandals and get us moving forward," Thomas said. "And I think that the chief is doing an excellent job, and hopefully, her and staff can make the corrections that are needed."

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