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The Watkinsville Police Department recently welcomed its newest recruit, veteran officer Brandon Torrence. The police force is now fully staffed with eight officers, including Chief Shannon Brock. 

Torrence hails from Albany, where he started his career in law enforcement seven years ago with the Dougherty County Police Department. He and his wife, Stacie, have been married 12 years. They have two daughters, MacKenzie and Ansleigh, and a son, Ethan. 

After working in Dougherty for two years, Torrence transferred to the Lagrange Police Department, where he worked for five years. His chief at the time was the head of the International Chiefs of Police.

“We got a lot of interaction with things from outside of our jurisdiction on how things are done and being community oriented,” he said. 

Torrence explained that he started looking for a professional change of scenery, and that search brought him to Watkinsville. 

For more on this story, see the July 2 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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