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Dalton joins other police departments in Washington meeting

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From left: Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker; MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham; Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandurra; Fort Valley State University Department of Public Safety Chief Kenneth Morgan. From left: Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker; MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham; Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandurra; Fort Valley State University Department of Public Safety Chief Kenneth Morgan.

Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker joined other law enforcement executives from across the country to discuss the future of policing at the White House, according to a news release.

The White House Advancing 21st Century Police Briefing on July 15th was the third in a series of meetings bringing police leaders together to implement recommendations in the Final Report of the President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing. 

Seventy-five police chiefs from across the country attended. Parker was one of four police chiefs from Georgia to participate in the briefing.

“It was a great honor, and humbling experience to be included in the discussion,” said Chief Parker. “Since local control has always been an important factor in American policing, it was good to be able to represent Dalton and have our voice heard on the subject. It was also a good opportunity to stress how important it is to provide safety and support to our police officers.”  

“Our officers and department take professionalism very seriously. It has become the expectation,” Parker continued. “Our involvement in projects intended to raise the bar in the profession puts us in [a] position to be ready when new concepts come to light. It keeps us prepared, but also gives our officers the ability to try new things before a crisis comes.”

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