Covington Police Sergeant honored by state
Groover has served in Covington since 2002
Covington Police Sergeant Chuck Groover was recently awarded the Special Service Award by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
The award, which is one of their most prestigious, was also awarded to Rome Police Major Elaine Snow.
“ Major Snow and Sergeant Groover are outstanding members of our association who understand the need for sound law enforcement operational policies,” said Frank Vincent Rotondo, the executive director of the GACP. “ Both the Major and the Sergeant always go the extra mile to ensure that GACP exceeds their own high standards of excellence.”
GACP President Hubert Smith presented the awards Tuesday night at GACP’s annual summer training banquet in Savannah. Snow and Groover received the honor for their outstanding contribution to the State Certification Program.
“ Major Snow and Sergeant Groover have worked tirelessly for the last ten ( 12) years to enhance and support the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program,” Smith said. “ Between these two recipients, there is over 67 years of law enforcement experience. Both helped to develop training programs for assessors, to improve certification requirements, to develop sample operational policies and assisted in evaluating hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout this state. They are remarkable leaders.”
Groover serves the Covington Police Department as the accreditation manager and training officer. He has been with Covington since 2002.
He began his law enforcement career in 1973 with the Macon Police Depart- ment and retired in 2001 after 28 years of service. He was one of the original board members of Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition when the organization was started in 1989 and served as its first secretary/ treasurer.
Groover has also served as a board member and as chairman. He helped establish the State Certification Program and serves both as an instructor and as a team leader. He has been involved with the accreditation process since 1986 and has a degree in criminal justice from Brenau University and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia College. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.