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Paine College Security Changes

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AUGUSTA, GA -

It's official for Paine College security.

 "As of June the 11th 2013, we have transitioned from a security department to a state recognized police department. We are now the Paine College Police Department, "Chief Joseph Nelson said.

They now have arrest powers and new equipment to work with.

But crime around the area didn't necessarily call for the change.

"Our kids safety is priority here. We have normal activity. We formed a police department so that we'll be able to combat anything that will violate policy and procedure."

The department has 13 total officers. Seven are state certified. Chief Nelson says by the end of this year, they're hoping the entire agency will be state certified.

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