Dozens of college police chiefs attend conference in South Georgia

UNIVERSITY Of Regrents Crisp Co.

CRISP CO., GA (WALB) - Dozens of police chiefs from colleges and universities across the state came to Crisp County for a conference Thursday.

It's the 11th year of university police chiefs learning new methods and techniques.

“It’s a joint venture between the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, and our private institutions and not for profit institutions,” said Bruce Holmes, Chief of Police, University System of Georgia.

Sixty different schools came to Georgia Veterans State Park and Lake Blackshear Resort to learn new topics and share the best practices and tactics. One South Georgia college chief believes it helps him to deal with the challenge of going from the streets to college campuses.

“The demographics aren’t that much different but it’s not like you’re out on the street being, the people you deal with on a regular basis they’re here all the time. The faces don’t change,” said Timothy Allmond, Chief of Police at Wiregrass Technical College.

Friday Anita Allen, police chief at Fort Valley State University, will speak about community policing that works.

“We have a lot of students and they tend to focus on other activities that are off campus so what we’re trying to do is bring them back on campus and create fun and creative things for them to do,” said Allen. “Educational programs, great activities and programs to keep them involved.”

Vendors like Atis lined the resort walls and showed the latest technology. Their software records emergency calls, helping officers review how they respond or if they need to review the calls or the radio in the future.

“When students are under stress you wanna record those calls, medical emergencies, intruders on campus, as well as the day to day incidents such as lockout,” said Albert Law, Director of Public Safety Accounts for Atis.

Law enforcement will be at the resort until Friday around noon.

Copyright 2019 WALB. All rights reserved.