Baldwin Police Chief Jeff Branyon is back in the city after an intensive two-week public safety leadership training in Israel.
Branyon trained alongside executives of the Israel Police, Georgia Police Chiefs and Command Staff, Sheriffs, the Director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, and a Deputy Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. .
The training program in partnership with the Israel Police was organized by the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), a research center within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. The goal of the research center is to improve public safety by “nurturing partnerships within and between law enforcement agencies and the private sector.”
“Recognizing the more than 700,000 U.S. police officers who served on the front lines during a pandemic and period of unprecedented social unrest, GILEE delegates learned about strategies for successfully leading law enforcement continuous and uninterrupted while building stronger, safer and better community relationships through community policing, ”GILEE said in a press release.
More than 1,100 public security officials, most of them from Georgia, participated in the program in Israel. Over 40,000 people have participated in other GILEE trainings, briefings, seminars and workshops in Georgia and around the world.
“Trying to describe the significant impact of participating in the GILEE delegation in Israel to others is no small task,” said Chief Janet Moon of the Peachtree City Police Department, president of the Association of Georgia police chiefs and GILEE delegate in 2015. “Watching how the Israel Police interact with a wide variety of people was inspiring. The Israel Police have also embraced this diversity in their own ranks. I found the experience to be very rewarding in a way that led me to develop my commitment and resolve to use the principles of community policing.