Special Services Division
The Support Services division, commanded by Capt.Wan Thorpe, is responsible for handling many of the administrative, support, and specialized duties for the department. Capt. Thorpe supervises public and community relations for the department. This division oversees most community meetings, administers the neighborhood Crime Watch programs, and also manages hurricane preparedness for the department.
Included under Capt. Thorpe’s command are Internal Affairs, Training, Records Department, SWAT, and Recruiting/Public Information, Community Service Officers, Deputy City Marshal, and GREAT.
In addition to the many duties listed above, officers in this division participate in community safety fairs and other public events; and address community and civic groups on various topics such as crime prevention and how to begin a Neighborhood Crime Watch program. They also coordinate community affairs such as the Citizens’ Police Academy, the Citizen Observer Program, the Summer COPS camp for middle-school students, and various other special community events.
This section provides members of the department with in-service training through a program that is recognized as a standard of excellence throughout the state. Together they ensure that all employees receive the required training for their job assignment. All officers in the state of Georgia are required to complete yearly training in order to maintain peace officer certification. The Brunswick Police Department is committed to providing officers with state of the art training in all areas of law enforcement and communication. One of the tools used to accomplish this is the FATS system, a highly advanced computerized system that helps officers prepare for the many scenarios they may encounter and aids them in the development of “shoot or don’t shoot” skills. These two officers are also responsible for the in-depth training of new recruits before they are released to a Field Training Officer (FTO) in the Patrol section for evaluation and further development of street skills. New recruits are required to ride with their FTO until they have mastered all the skills required to perform patrol duties.
The initial point of contact with the department for many citizens, this section not only furnishes copies of accident or incident reports, but is also the section which handles employment background checks. Incident or accident reports may be obtained in person from the Records Department Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The cost is twenty-five cents per page. Fingerprinting services are provided for the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9-11 am and 2-4 pm for a cost of $10.00 per set of two cards.
Deputy City Marshall
- Processes and investigates all new and renewal applications for alcoholic beverage licenses, adult entertainment applicants, taxicab permits and taxicab driver permits.
- Processes all City Rotational Wrecker List applications.
- Serves as City Dockmaster: oversees the City of Brunswick docks, collecting docking fees and ensuring all regulations governing the use of the docks are met.
- Works closely with the City of Brunswick license department to ensure each business operating within the city limits obtains an occupational tax license.
- Investigates reports of illegal sales of alcoholic beverages.
- Assists Environmental Code Enforcement officers with investigating illegal trash dumping on City of Brunswick property and right-of-ways. Assists with prosecution of offenders.
- Provides administrative and security assistance to Municipal Court.
Ofc. Marsha Myers-Bue
Facilitates community outreach efforts and assists in identifying and formulating strategies to assist the department in addressing community issues as well as problems relating to youth in the City of Brunswick. Organizes and conducts presentations or meetings with community groups, neighborhood watch groups, youth groups or organizations. Coordinates various events and programs including the annual Summer Youth COP program, Neighborhood Watch programs and the annual city-wide National Night Out event. Provides available resources to residents, visitors and businesses on crime prevention and security inspections.
Off. Kevin Echols
Accepts and processes all applications for employment. Conducts background checks and administers testing to applicants. Coordinates with area police academies to ensure proper training of all recruits.
Officer Antonio Hurst
G.R.E.A.T., the Gang Resistance Education And Training program sponsored by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, is administered by Pfc. Anthony Maldonado to area middle school students.
The G.R.E.A.T. program is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. With prevention as its primary objective, the program is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The goal: to prevent youth crime, violence, and gang involvement while developing a positive relationship among law enforcement, families, and our young people to create safer communities.
The Special Weapons and Tactics team is a group of specially-equipped personnel who are trained to respond to high risk occurrences in order to optimize the probability of resolving the situation without violence or unnecessary injury to either citizens or police personnel.