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FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2007

Moulton Police Department fully staffed

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — The Moulton Police Department has a full patrol staff for the first time in nearly a year.

The City Council hired Andy Pugh, a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department deputy, to serve as a night-shift patrol officer. Pugh has been with the Sheriff's Department for about five years, said Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter. He was a deputy when McWhorter was chief investigator.

The Police Department has had major turnover since August 2005 and has been below its manpower quota since last July.

"We've only got four officers that were there when I took over as chief," said McWhorter.

The department now has 12 officers, including McWhorter and Capt. Damon Morgan, who is an investigator. The officers will rotate 12-hour shifts to keep at least two patrol officers on duty at all times, said McWhorter. Two officers will work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., two from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and one from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

McWhorter said the department likely will hire a school resource officer when classes reconvene in the fall.

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