Keep­ing Ge­or­gia’s com­mu­ni­ties safe

Is­rael po­lice train Cov­ing­ton res­i­dents in coun­tert­er­ror­ism

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Cov­ing­ton res­i­dents Gre­gory Dozier, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner and chief of staff for the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, and In­spec­tor San­dra Put­nam with the Ge­or­gia Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion re­turned from Is­rael af­ter spend­ing two weeks learn­ing new pub­lic safety tech­niques and tech­nolo­gies.

They were in a del­e­ga­tion of 16 se­nior Ge­or­gia pub­lic safety of­fi­cials led in train­ing by Is­rael po­lice of­fi­cers ex­pe­ri­enced in coun­tert­er­ror­ism mea­sures.

Dozier and Put­nam par­tic­i­pated in the 22nd an­nual peerto-peer pub­lic safety train­ing ex­change or­ga­nized by the Ge­or­gia In­ter­na­tional Law En­force­ment Ex­change (GILEE). They joined po­lice of­fi­cers from At­lanta, Cony­ers, Pine Lake, Pooler, Sandy Springs and Rome and sher­iffs from Ful­ton, Hall, Rock­dale and Telfair coun­ties along with del­e­gates from the state’s de­part­ments of nat­u­ral re­sources and pub­lic safety. A spe­cial agent in charge from the Ten­nessee Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion also joined the del­e­ga­tion.

The pur­pose of GILEE is to ad­vance pub­lic safety knowl­edge through an ex­change pro­gram, and con­duct con­fer­ences with pub­lic safety ex­perts in­tro­duc­ing the new­est and best prac­tices in law en­force­ment. The ex­change of ideas is meant to en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of po­lice and pub­lic safety to bet­ter deal with threats to safety and se­cu­rity in Ge­or­gia and com­mu­ni­ties around the globe.

Se­na­tor Johnny Isak­son and Gover­nor Nathan Deal have writ­ten of their sup­port for the work of GILEE in re­cent letters to the or­ga­ni­za­tion:

“It is very im­por­tant that the men and women who serve in law en­force­ment have all the tools nec­es­sary to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of our coun­try. I ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort that is be­ing made by the GILEE pro­gram to ed­u­cate and pro­mote the safety of our res­i­dents. You are do­ing a tremen­dous job with this joint project, and I am proud that our state sup­ports this very im­por­tant pro­gram,” said Isak­son.

“The free­doms and lib­er­ties we are blessed to en­joy are a di­rect re­sult of the courage, ded­i­cated ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of our men and women in uni­form. Thank you for tak­ing this time to ad­dress crit­i­cal pub­lic safety is­sues that have a di­rect im­pact on cor­po­ra­tions, se­cu­rity com­pa­nies, the gen­eral pub­lic and law en­force­ment agencies. In a time where vi­o­lence seems to be on the rise, your work is even more cru­cial,” said Deal.

Since its found­ing, GILEE has built a crit­i­cal net­work of more than 1,200 law en­force­ment of­fi­cials — more than half in Ge­or­gia — through more than 290 train­ing ex­changes in 32 states and 20 coun­tries. More than 20,000 pub­lic and pri­vate lead­ers in law en­force­ment and pub­lic safety have at­tended GILEE’s spe­cial brief­ings, sem­i­nars and work­shops. And GILEE has as­sisted Olympic se­cu­rity ef­forts around the world.

“In more than 20 years of GILEE, we are fo­cus­ing not only on best prac­tices but also on pro­vid­ing first-rate pub­lic safety pro­grams,” said Fried­mann.



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