On this special episode of “Case in Point“, host Rick Strawn interviews Major Chris Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department before the 2021 Valor Public Safety Awards at the Infinite Energy Forum.
Major Chris Smith/Gwinnett County Police Department
The Gwinnett County Police Department is an agency with a long history of excellence, integrity, and fairness. The GCPD enjoys a strong relationship with the diverse community it serves and continues to build that reputation by constantly engaging and interacting with the residents. Due to its reputation, high standards, and commitment to excellence, the GCPD only recruits and hires the best and most qualified applicants.
The Gwinnett County Police Department is the second largest police agency in Georgia with an authorized strength of 877 sworn officers, supported by 276 civilian employees. The department is CALEA accredited, originally attaining that designation in 1993. Gwinnett is located in the northeast part of metro Atlanta, serving a population of more than 800,000 residents with an area of 437 square miles.
The GCPD headquarters is located in Lawrenceville, GA with six precincts spread across the county. The department also has a $22 million state-of-the-art training facility that consists of a driving track, 25-yard and 100-yard indoor firing range, a shoot-house, and an academic building with 6 classrooms, library, weight room, defensive tactics room, and shooting and driving simulators. The 911 call center is located next to headquarters and is staffed with 124 communications officers.
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