Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police to Bestow Honor and Accreditation.
Photo Caption: Councilman Austin Thompson; Councilwoman Marlene Taylor-Crawford; Councilwoman Victoria Jones; Butch Ayers, Executive Director, GACP; Major Myron Walker, Acting Police Chief; Lt Jake Parker; Officer Jason Elliott, Certification Manager; Chuck Groover, State Certification Program Coordinator; Mayor David Still; and Councilman Glenn Martin participate in presentation of Police Department State Certfication at March Council meeting.
There are well over 600 municipal, county, and college campus police departments across Georgia. Of that number, one in five of those law enforcement agencies achieve state certification. State certification acknowledges the implementation of a significant number of standardized policies and procedures, as well as an operationally effective and successful police department.
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), which is based in Duluth, Georgia, oversees the State Certification process and programs, provides training for Chiefs of Police, and a blueprint for local police jurisdictions to follow toward effective, professional law enforcement and certification. Being awarded certification status among Georgia Law Enforcement agencies means that a police department meets or exceeds these high standards.
The Lawrenceville Police Department has completed the certification process and was honored and awarded State Certification at the Monday, March 28, 2022 meeting of the Lawrenceville City Council. A brief presentation took place during the Council meeting at 7 p.m. Chuck Groover, State Certification Program Coordinator and Butch Ayers, Executive Director, GACP, made the presentation to Major Myron Walker, Acting Police Chief, and Officer Jason Elliott, Certification Manager.
“I want to commend the entire police department for reaching this milestone. This achievement recognizes what the community already knows about our police officers. They operate every day with the highest of police standards in the state,” said Lawrenceville City Manager, Chuck Warbington.
The law enforcement profession and community have been under significant strain during the ongoing pandemic and further challenged by public reaction and backlash following the 2020 summer of racial justice protests. Police recruiting, retention, and delaying planned retirements due to sworn officer shortages have become a challenge nationwide. The City recently implemented a $3000 hiring incentive supplement for new officers to help recruiting.
In addition to awarding this esteemed certification, the GACP has agreed to lead the search for a new police chief for the City of Lawrenceville. A listing of all other existing GACP State Certified Law Enforcement Agencies: https://gachiefs.com/state-certified-agencies/
“The police chief is the most visible appointed leader in a local government. Selecting the best-qualified individual who fits with the community is critical to operating a successful organization. For over 30 years, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police has worked with communities across the state as they went through this process. We are honored to have been asked by the City of Lawrenceville, and its newly State-Certified department, to coordinate and lead the search for the next Chief of Police,” said Butch Ayers, Executive Director, GACP.
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Butch Ayers, Executive Director, GACP; Major Myron Walker, Acting Police Chief; Lt Jake Parker; Officer Jason Elliott, Certification Manager; and Chuck Groover, State Certification Program Coordinator participate in the presentation of Police Department State Certification at March Council meeting.