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Baldwin sheriff needs a few good men, women to join "Posse"
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Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee is looking to round up some able bodies to assist his office in times of need.

He posted on the sheriff's office Facebook page Thursday that he will soon be posting a link on the page for willing volunteers to apply to join his "posse."

"I am establishing a sheriff's posse to assist us during any time of crisis in our county," Massee wrote in the Facebook post. "The basis of a posse comes from the term Posse Comitatus which literally means 'power of the community.' I have always believed that local law enforcement is only as good as the people in the community that support us and assist us in our service."

Massee's post mentioned turbulent times in the country in which it, "seems like on a daily basis something extraordinary happens in our country," he stated. "Even though we live in a small jurisdiction, we are not immune to a tragic event."

Massee said Baldwin County could be a possible target with its three colleges and being a major "seat of employment in the Oconee area."

Massee said his department is currently training for active shooter scenarios, but a larger event could leave him shorthanded.

"We, like many smaller counties do not have adequate personnel or necessary equipment like larger areas," he stated in the Facebook post. "We are especially weak in manpower numbers and in the event of a major catastrophe we would have to call on our community for assistance."

Massee said his plan is to hold quarterly meetings and training with his deputies and posse so "each are well acquainted and understand each other's roles while working together in these critical times," he said.

Those looking to apply will need to supply the following:

  • Date of birth
  • Drivers license information
  • Social security number
  • Prior law enforcement and/or military history information
  • Any specialized training that you think would benefit our community
  • Georgia Weapons Carry license number if applicable
  • Physical address and mailing address
  • Current employment information.
  • Driver's histories and criminal histories will be checked and kept confidentially at our office, and are subject to periodic review.
  • Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to apply.
  • A waiver must be signed prior to criminal history and driver's history inquiry.


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