by: Erica Byfield Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County police officers now have the right to give out tickets in Brookhaven.
Channel 2 Action News learned this week that Brookhaven’s mayor swore in the DeKalb officers who patrol the county’s northern section. The move allows the officers to enforce laws in the newly created city of Brookhaven.
“It’s nice to see these officers and get them sworn in so they can start enforcing the law in Brookhaven until we have our police department up and running,” said Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis.
Brookhaven officials also made the change to keep slick lawyers at bay.
Leaders did not have anyone to suggest a DeKalb County officer does not have any jurisdiction in Brookhaven.
“We have our own set of laws now, and they need to be qualified to do that and this is what this is about,” Davis said.
The officers can write tickets as of Thursday. For now, the money collected will continue to go to the county. In late February, when Brookhaven’s municipal court is established, the funds will stay in the city.