Augusta Crimestoppers: Give deputies a raise instead of spending millions on building

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Crimestoppers Executive Director Griff Griffin (WRDW-TV)
Crimestoppers Executive Director Griff Griffin (WRDW-TV)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Renovations to Augusta's municipal building will cost the city millions. Many of you weighed in on our Facebook page, but the issue faced little opposition from commissioners in attendance at Monday's committee meeting.

Only one voted no, but seven voted yes.

"We are giving up our front line of defense. We are losing some of our best officers. We're going to lose a lot more," said Crimestoppers Executive Director Griff Griffin.

Griffin and his dog Watson are a crime-fighting duo.

"We don't work for the police. We don't get any tax money. We are a 501(c) nonprofit," Griffin said.

He's upset about city leaders using millions to renovate the municipal building. Griffin says that money should be used to give deputies a raise.

"I couldn't support it. I think we have to many other projects that I think should take priority over remodeling the municipal building," said Commissioner Bill Fennoy.

Fennoy was the only commissioner who voted against the upgrades. It passed with 7 to 1. "I don't have a problem with renovations but I think our priorities are in the wrong place," said Commissioner Fennoy.

"Have they saved anybody, no, have they protected a single business, no. Did they keep that poor girl from Paine College from being raped, no," Griffin said.

Augusta Crimestoppers tips have lead to hundreds of arrests. Now he's offering advice to city leaders to take care of those men and women in blue.

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