Written by Pearly Bowser
Albany, Ga – Albany State University’s Assistant Police Chief Gregory L. Elder 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 located in Duluth, Ga. The session was held March 18 through March 27.
The 60-hour course, administered and presented by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police is required by state law for all newly appointed heads of law enforcement agencies.
The curriculum is designed to give newly appointed law enforcement administrators police management training, as well as inform them about laws and policies that impact their departments. Topics covered included: Managerial Liability and E.E.O.C. Laws, Police Manpower Allocation & Staffing, Community Policing, Budget Administration, Political & Practical Realities, Office & Role of the Police Chief, Evolution of Ethics, Media Relations, Departmental Organization, Employee Selection Process, Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Overview, Promotional Systems, United States Department of Justice Programs, Leadership/Management Role of the Chief, Employee Performance & Discipline and the Legislative Process.
“It is our mission to offer exceptional training that provides professional executive and leadership development which will prepare the newly appointed agency head for the difficult, but rewarding position they have accepted,” said GACP President J. Frank Waits of the Vidalia Police Department.
Elder was among 51 law enforcement administrators taking the week-long course and the comprehensive exam. “I can better serve the ASU community and assist in achieving our department’s mission to provide the best law enforcement services to faculty, staff, students and visitors,” said ASU’s assistant chief who joined the university police department after spending 13 years at the Albany Police Department and was employed at Albany Technical College as a law enforcement professor.
The GACP provides executive training for new appointees twice a year and several 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. The membership of over 1,700 includes executives representing municipal and county law enforcement agencies, college and university police departments, corporate and private security firms and numerous state and federal agencies.
Chief John Fields and Major Cadedria Hill also completed the course. “I strongly believe in professional development,” said Fields. “Anytime my officers can attend ‘new chiefs’ school is great. Assistant Chief Elder will make an excellent chief in the future,” he added.