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Dalton Police Department confirm two new officers Tuesday morning

New Officers Confirmed:

Officers Charles Walker and Zachary Bell were both confirmed as new police officers at Tuesday’s meeting. Zachary Bell is a graduate of Murray County High School and Georgia Southern University where he earned his degree in kinesiology in 2015. Bell worked for the football program at Georgia Southern from 2014 until 2016 first as a student assistant and ultimately working his way up to being the assistant director of player personnel. After working for one year in the same role at Fresno State University, Bell returned to Georgia Southern as director of recruiting in 2017. From there, he joined the University of Minnesota’s program as director of recruiting communications. He returned to the Chattanooga area to work in logistics before joining the Dalton Police Department. Charles Walker comes to Dalton from the Atlanta area. After graduating from Heritage High School in Conyers, he earned an associate’s degree from Georgia Perimeter College and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega. In May, he completed his master’s degree at Georgia State. While studying at Georgia State, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and also worked as a research assistant at the Atlanta Police Leadership Institute and as an intern at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Both officers graduated from the Police Academy last Friday. They were confirmed by a unanimous 4-0 vote of the commission. The new officers will now continue their training in the DPD’s field training program where they will ride with and be evaluated by veteran training officers before graduating to solo status.