Marietta Police will hire Public Safety Ambassadors

Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn soon will hire 10 Marietta residents at $30,000 a year to serve as Public Safety Ambassadors. Courtesy of Marietta
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Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn soon will hire 10 Marietta residents at $30,000 a year to serve as Public Safety Ambassadors. Courtesy of Marietta

The Marietta City Council approved recently the development and funding of a new $708,000 initiative in which residents will serve as Public Safety Ambassadors.

Initially, 10 residents, ages 18 and above, will be hired with an annual salary of $30,000 each.

By the fall, they will be trained and authorized to perform limited police functions such as handling a variety of low-risk police service calls, directing traffic and performing community problem-solving techniques with Marietta residents, according to a Marietta Police Department statement.

Also, they will wear uniforms but different from that of a police officer and drive seven vehicles - at $20,000 each - with only an amber light on top.

Funding will come from the Board of Lights and Water at $600,000 and the asset forfeiture fund at $100,000.