Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Sergeant hon­ored by state

Groover has served in Cov­ing­ton since 2002

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.


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