Valdosta at a glance
Population by race and Hispanic origin
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Full-time law enforcement staff, Valdosta Police Department
- 131 Officers
- 25 Civilian staff
Full-time law enforcement officers per 1,000 residents
- 2.3 Valdosta
- 1.6 National average, cities with 50,000 to 99,999 population
- 2.2 National average
These figures reflect the Valdosta Police Department only, and do not include state or other police agencies that may be present in this location.
|Amount||Start and end dates||Recipient and description||Awarding agency||CFDA program||Type|
|CITY OF VALDOSTA FY 18 JAG PROJECT||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF VALDOSTA 2017 LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES ENHANCEMENT PLAN||Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs||16.738 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program||Prime|
|CITY OF VALDOSTA (3597)SHSP-VALDOSTA FIRE DEPARTMENT - GSAR||Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency||97.067 Homeland Security Grant Program||Sub|
|CITY OF VALDOSTA (3573)SHSP-K9-VALDOSTA POLICE DEPARTMENT-EOD||Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency||97.067 Homeland Security Grant Program||Sub|
We identified 1 publicly reported settlement that resulted in policy changes and $350,000.00 in monetary compensation to victims.
The City of Valdosta, Georgia will pay a $350,000 settlement to a Black man who was injured when a police officer slammed him to the ground.
In 2020, Antonio Arnelo Smith was slammed to the ground by a police officer who alleged that he wrongly thought Smith had an outstanding arrest warrant. In addition to the financial settlement, the city shared that they would create a civilian review board to oversee local police and make policy recommendations. The creation of a citizen panel was Smith’s primary priority in the lawsuit. Body camera footage captured how the police officer pinned Smith’s hands behind his back and proceeded to slam him into the ground, face-first.