Excellence in Policing

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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. City leaders are working tirelessly to address the challenges of rising violent crime, high position vacancy, while mitigating risk and addressing community 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, resources, and best practices that meet standards in line with other certification programs and can be implemented in a cost-effective and efficient manner. 

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Certification Program

The Excellence In Policing (EIP) Certification program is a cooperative effort between the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) and Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS). This certification is a stepping-stone for cities seeking Georgia Law Enforcement Certification and is a requirement in GMA’s Certified City of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging program in the category of Public Safety and Restorative Justice. The program is currently available to cities that participate in GMA’s property and liability program, the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA).

Detailed information about the EIP Certification Program can be found in the Resource Manual and the Sample Application (links on the right-hand side of this screen).

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