Dennis Nelson, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) President 2017-2018, recognized that many law enforcement agencies, particularly smaller agencies, did not have adequate policies and/or resources in place to sufficiently guide their officers, or mitigate potential liability. One of President Nelson’s goals during his tenure as President was to create a program to assist these agencies in addressing contemporary and traditional problems associated with managing law enforcement agencies. To accomplish this, the GACP entered a cooperative effort with the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA) to create the GACP Risk Reduction Certificate Program.
As work began on the project, Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS) identified those high insurance risk agencies and focused on how to lower their liability premiums by using progressive law enforcement practices. Using this information, they acquired as a baseline, 26 policy directives addressing 10 separate areas of State and Federal legal requirements including:
- Human Resources
- Property and Evidence
- Vehicle Operations
- Search and Seizure
- Mental health or Persons with Diminished Capacity
- Off-Duty and Extra-Duty Employment
- Other Equipment
- Use of Force
- Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces
A second document, Georgia Law Enforcement Risk Reduction Certificate Resource Guide has been produced to assist progressive law enforcement leaders as they craft the operational procedures for their agencies. It is GACP strong belief this innovative accord will both reduce liability and insurance rates, while focusing on the paramount purpose of law enforcement which is and has always been…to protect and serve.