Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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Conyers Mayor Randy Mills, left, is shown with Frank Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson, right, at the presentation of a plaque recognizing the Conyers Police Department as a certified agency through GACP. Rotondo also presented a plaque to Lt. Tonya Perry, who is the department's certification manager. -- Special Photo
CONYERS -- City Council members were pleased recently to learn that the Conyers Police Department has regained its state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Frank Rotondo, executive director of the GACP, was on hand at last week's City Council meeting, to present a plaque to Police Chief Gene Wilson and Lt. Tonya Perry, who serves as certification manager for the department.
"We've all been looking forward to this day," said Mayor Randy Mills.
Rotondo said there are approximately 98 GACP certified agencies in the state, and characterized the Conyers PD as "one of the best in the state."
The new certification will be valid for three years.
The CPD lost its state certification two years ago, which eventually led to the resignation of former Police Chief David Cathcart and other officers.
Certification by the GACP requires adherence to stringent guidelines and establishment of professional objectives. The certification process begins with a self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet those objectives.
Certification confirms that the agency's practices are consistent with professional standards, provides greater operational and administrative effectiveness, enhances understanding of agency policies and practices, enhances public confidence in the police agency, provides recognition for the department, and reduces the potential for liability.