Public safety is a primary responsibility of local government and one that makes up a significant part of a city’s budget and receives an outsized share of public scrutiny. In these challenging times, city leaders are working hard to address the challenges of rising violent crime and high position vacancy while addressing citizen demands and expectations. In response to these concerns and as part of its Equity and Inclusion program, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) created a 16-member Advisory Committee in 2021 that worked to develop a certification program to support agencies and cities to help achieve, maintain, and recognize excellence in policing. The intent is to provide Georgia law enforcement agencies with model policies, training modules and best practices that meet standards in line with other certification programs and can be implemented in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
The Excellence in Policing Certification Program is a cooperative effort between the GMA, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) and Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS). It serves as a standalone certification and is a stepping-stone for cities seeking GMA’s Equity and Inclusion Certification and Georgia Law Enforcement Certification.
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