Justin Gaines, director of public safety for the University of North Georgia, recently attended the Chief Executive Training Class for newly appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center in Duluth, Ga.
The 60-hour course, administered and provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), is required by state law for all newly appointed heads of law enforcement agencies.
"Georgia law enforcement agencies continue to provide the best level of service to the citizens they serve, even in these challenging times," said GACP President David Lyons, chief of the Garden City Police Department. "Having the new agency CEOs and command staff personnel participate in this program provides a road map to discuss innovative ways to address their community's needs."
The curriculum is designed to give newly- appointed law enforcement administrators and command staff personnel training on police management, and inform them of laws and policies affecting their departments. Gaines was among some 50 law enforcement administrators attending the course.
"This course provided me with a wealth of knowledge on various topics from developing policies to appropriate police manpower allocation," Gaines said. "I was also afforded the opportunity to make friends who are new executives as well, and am confident that we will continue our relationships as we bounce ideas and issues around."
GACP provides this training twice a year, along with several other training programs throughout the state. It is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia, and one of the largest in the country.