Henry County Hosts Delegation from Republic of Georgia
|Delegates from the Republic of Georgia learn about rescue apparatus used by the Henry County Fire Department.|
Once again, Henry County welcomed visitors from halfway around the globe in an effort to share knowledge about Public Safety. This week, delegates from the Republic of Georgia visited the metro-Atlanta area, making a two-day stop in Henry County where they learned about the career of a police officer from recruitment through service as an officer, including advanced training, as well as how an emergency call to 911 is handled from origination through dispatch and eventual termination.
The delegation tour was facilitated by Mike Turner, a former Public Safety Division Director with Henry County and current Senior Police Advisor through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
“We have the patrol police chief who is in command of about 3,200 police officers, we have the police academy director, we have the assistant patrol police chief, two members of criminal investigation and translators and support personnel from the U.S. Embassy,” said Turner. “They are here on a fact finding trip looking at development issues and police and procedure issues as they look to redevelop the ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Georgia.”
The Henry County Board of Commissioners welcomed the group during its regular Commission meeting on Tuesday, where they presented a proclamation recognizing the Republic of Georgia and the efforts of Henry County’s Public Safety professionals to share their wealth of knowledge with this country’s emerging police force.
Delegates were then treated to a tour of Henry County’s public safety facilities, hosted by Don Ash, Director of Emergency Management Operations, Henry County Police Chief Keith Nichols, and Henry County Fire Chief Bill Lacy. On day one, delegates toured the Emergency Operations Center where they learned about emergency management and the 9-1-1 system, after which they were given the opportunity to check out the Fire Department’s various fire and rescue apparatus while learning about the joint Fire/EMS model for rescue services. On day two, delegates toured Police Headquarters, after which several participated in a ride-along with members of the Henry County Police Department while others had an opportunity to experience the VIERTRA police firearm training simulator.
David Tsinaridze, Head of the Patrol Police Department, said he has been impressed with the visit and hopes to be able to take some of what he learned back to his police force.
“At the Forsyth facility and Henry County police department, we have observed that we have an identical mission and want to do things in a similar way. Our main goal is to protect the public safety. It was a very productive visit and we have learned innovations and new things that we really want to introduce and have them implemented in our police department system back home,” said Tsinaridze through his interpreter.
This is the second time Henry County has hosted a delegation from the Republic of Georgia. Due to its handling in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Henry County has gained a reputation for outstanding emergency preparedness. As a result, Henry County has been a frequent stop for such tours, hosting delegations from Thailand, China and South Korea in recent years.
For more information about Henry County’s Emergency Management Agency, please visit www.henrycounty-ga.org/911.
|Delegates receive a tutorial on the role of the Henry County K-9 unit in public safety.|