TVA Officers Need More Training To Work As Alabama Police Officer

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The future of the TVA police department has been decided.  However, the future of many of the TVA officers, remain unknown.

Area law enforcement agencies will start patrolling the reservation at the end of April.

But TVA officers need more training before they can become a police officer for the state of Alabama.

On April 24th, patrol duties get passed to area law enforcement officers.

“It’s basically gonna go unprotected,” said Sheffield Police Chief, Greg Ray.

It's a concern for public safety and even a concern for the police departments that must pick up the slack.

But WHNT News 19 takes action to find out what happens to the men and women who served this area for decades.

Now, in a matter of days the officers who patrol the TVA reservation will be out of a job.  Even though they are trained and qualified, getting work might not be so easy.  Chief Ray says they are not qualified up to Alabama police department standards.

“If you look at it from a positive standpoint, they got several officers that departments around the Shoals would love to hire but they are federally certified officers,” said Ray.  “They never went to an Alabama police academy so we can`t even hire them.”

According to Ray, his department may need extra help with the added patrol areas but if the TVA officers still want a future in law enforcement, they must enroll in the Alabama police academy, go through the training and graduate, before applying for a job as an Alabama police officer.