Police Major Gerald Couch Attends TrainingGainesville Police Major Gerald Couch Attends Training for Newly Appointed Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies
Gainesville Police Major Gerald Couch attended the Chief Executive Training Class for newly appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis McClung Training Center in Duluth, GA., from October 3rd through October 12th, 2011.
The 60-hour course, administered and provided by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), is required by state law for all newly appointed heads of law enforcement agencies. Major Couch was appointed to his position as second-in-command of the Gainesville Police Department on April 18, 2011.
The curriculum is designed to give newly appointed law enforcement administrators training on police management, as well as inform them of laws and policies affecting their departments. Topics covered in the course include: Managerial Liability and EEOC, Police Manpower Allocation, Budget Administration, Political & Practical Realities, Office & Role of the Police Chief, Evolution of Ethics, Media Relations, Departmental Organization, Employee Selection Process, Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training, Promotional Systems, Pursuit Policy Workshop, Developing Policies, Leadership/Management Role of the Chief, Employee Performance & Employee Discipline, Legislative Process along with other timely topics.
"It is our mission to offer exceptional training that provides professional executive and leadership development which will prepare the newly appointed agency head for the difficult, but rewarding position they have accepted," said GACP President Stan York of the Sandersville Police Department.
Major Couch was among 50 law enforcement administrators, which included agency heads and assistant chiefs, attending the course. The GACP provides the executive training for newly appointed heads of law enforcement agencies twice a year, along with several other training programs throughout the state. It is the largest professional association for law enforcement administrators in Georgia, and one of the largest in the country. The membership of over 1,700 includes executives representing municipal and county law enforcement agencies, college and university police departments, corporate and private security firms and numerous state and federal agencies.