Assistant Chief Mark Mitchell of the Canton Police Department and Deputy Chief June Killian of the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office left for the course at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center on March 24 and trained with about 50 other police administrators, officials said.
The 60-hour course, conducted 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 new administrators and other upper-level staff training on police management and inform them of laws and policies affecting their departments.
Topics of the course include ethics, media relations, staffing, disciplinary measures for lower-ranked officers and other timely subjects.
“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 of the Garden City Police Department in a news release on the local officers Monday. “Having the new agency CEOs and Command Staff personnel participate in this program provides a roadmap to discuss innovative ways to address their community’s needs.”
The GACP provides the executive training for new heads of law enforcement agencies and other staff twice a year. With more than 1,700 members, the GACP is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia and one of the largest in the country.