Atlanta Police Department Hosts Regional Law Enforcement Leadership Training – CBS Atlanta

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – The Atlanta Police Department hosted a regional leadership training conference last week, the first of its kind, working with multiple agencies to find solutions to recruiting challenges and of training. The conference was called the Atlanta Police Leadership Institute (APLI) Regional Executive Command Training.

“A lot of us are seeing deficits in our resources. We’re in a position now where we really have to rely on each other even more,” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said.

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Atlanta Police Foundation President and CEO Dave Wilkinson called the initiative a game changer. “As you can imagine, it’s getting harder and harder to hire police officers. in this country, and so that is part of the purpose of this collaboration,” he said.

The leadership training comes as demands for police reform continue. Incidents like the George Floyd case, poor management and low salaries have hampered recruitment efforts.

“What the general public is saying is that we want our police departments to be more accountable,” said speaker and law enforcement veteran Dr. Cedric Alexander.

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“The public should be encouraged that leaders in this ward and the metro area are focused on recruiting and selecting the right people,” said Clayton County Police Chief Kevin Roberts.

Leaders learned high-level practices for solving problems.

Atlanta officials say plans to open a public safety training center in October 2023 have helped recruiting efforts.

“Since the announcement of the construction of this training center, recruiting efforts have increased by almost 30%, quits have decreased by almost 40%,” Wilkinson said.

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The same group will meet again for three-day training conferences in February and March.

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