Conyers Police Recipient of Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award of Excellence
Chief Gene Wilson and his department, the Conyers Police Department, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). This award, which is co-sponsored by the Motorola Corporation, is given annually to an agency in recognition of an innovative program initiated by the department that fosters law enforcement excellence. Chief Wilson and representatives from the department received the award on Monday, July 27, 2015 at the GACP Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
The Conyers Police Department’s “Varied Approach into 21st Century Policing” award winning program outlines three separate areas or programs within the department that are designed to establish a multi-faced approach to reach out to the community and bridge a gap between the police and the community.
The program features a Clergy Police Academy, an outreach program to mostly African-American congregations to open a line of communication in order to avoid situations that occurred after the Ferguson, MO incident. The second part of the approach is Project Thinking Under Fire. This initiative focuses on young people and their interaction or encounters with law enforcement personnel during critical incidents so both walk away with their lives. Thirdly, is the Police Cadet Program. The cadet program would offer to successful graduates the possibility of a fulltime position and a career pipeline into law enforcement. The Conyers Police Department received a $1,000 award for their achievement.
There were two runner-ups to this award, both with outstanding community relation programs - the Holly Springs Police Department and Marietta Police Department. Both runners-up received $500 to foster the growth of community relations programs. T
The prestigious award is named after Dr. Curtis McClung of Columbus, who is credited with bringing Georgia’s law enforcement community into the modern era while also assisting the GACP in its pursuit of excellence, especially with respect to management training.