VALDOSTA — Law enforcement officers from across the region participated in a three-day workshop sponsored by Valdosta State University April 16-18.
In its fourth year, the Chiefs of Police Executive Training Series provides advanced level training for law enforcement personnel. The GeorgiaAssociation of Chiefs of Police, which certifies and regulates standards for all persons serving in the capacity of chief of police in Georgia, requires at least 20 hours of executive level training per year.
With limited availability for advanced law enforcement training, Lt. Tim Yorkey, VSU training specialist for Employee and Organizational Development, and Dr. Darrell Ross, professor and head of VSU’s Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Department, developed the Executive Training Series. In addition, Ross presented at the 2012 Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police summer conference and has been invited to present again at the 2014 conference.
Hahira Police Chief Terry Davis has been attending VSU’s law enforcement training the past four years and appreciates the high quality training that is offered through the university.
“The caliber of training is phenomenal,” said Davis, who has worked with the Hahira Police Department for 33 years. “I attend law enforcement training in Georgia and through the international association and the training provided at VSU is second to none.”
Ross and Yorkey have been collaborating on the training conference since 2011. It is a joint effort between VSU’s office of Employee andOrganizational Development and the Center for Applied Social Sciences, which was established to foster and support the expansion of human knowledge through innovation, research, and creative activities.
“The conference fits within VSU’s and the Center’s mission by providing life-long and service learning for regional and state stakeholders (law enforcement professionals and law enforcement agencies),” said Ross. “The resources of VSU are being used in an outreach strategy to benefit regional and statewide law enforcement agencies through ongoing education and training, which will enhance their ability to lead their agencies effectively and efficiently.”