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Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss Named Outstanding Police Chief of the Year
SAVANNAH - The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) has named Calvin Moss, Police Chief for the Woodstock Police Department as this year’s Outstanding Chief of the Year. Chief Moss was selected as the 2019 recipient for his proactive contributions to his department, to the GACP, and to the state’s law enforcement community. Chief Moss was presented with this prestigious award Tuesday afternoon, July 23rd, 2019, at GACP’s training conference in Savannah.
With more than 37 years of experience, this year’s recipient of GACP’s Outstanding Chief of the Year Award began his career in 1981 with the Atlanta Police Department. He rose through the ranks over the next 30 years to the rank of Deputy Chief where he retired to accept the appointment as chief with the Woodstock Police Department in March 2012. Since joining the department, he has a long list of accomplishments that has placed his department on the leading edge of law enforcement agencies in the Georgia.
While the agency has held State Certification since July 1998, he led the department to obtaining National Accreditation from Commission on Accreditation for law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2017.
He has expanded their Citizen’s Police Academy to become a Citizens Public Safety Academy, instituted a “Transactions Safe Place” where items purchased on-line could be safely exchanged, reached out to build relationships with the Islamic community and provided all sworn personnel with “Cultural Competency for Law Enforcement Officers” training.
To ensure the implementation of the Body Worn Camera (BWC) program was successful, he formed a ‘community working group’ to provide input and guide the project. He also obtained a grant for $60,000 from the U. S. Department of Justice to fully fund the project.
While the city’s population has experienced a 40% growth in the last eight years, the crime rate has steadily fallen. Violent and property crime rates are now respectfully 1/3 and 1/2 of the state’s averages. This has resulted in his city being named as the 16th Safest City in Georgia overall and the 5th Safest City with a population over 30,000.
In addition to all of his professional accomplishments, our Chief of the Year plays an active role in the community including: ‘Convoys of Hope’ to assist victims of tornadoes in South Georgia and Hurricane evacuees, regularly participates in Cops on Donut Shops fundraising events for Special Olympics as well as a ‘celebrity’ dancer in the Service League of Cherokee County fundraising event.
Moss serves on the Board of Directors for Real Heroes Report Magazine, Atlanta-Carolina High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force Executive Board, Cherokee County Friends of Recovery DUI/Drug Court Board, Cherokee County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Board, Chairs the Reinhard University’s Public Safety Institute Police Academy Board, and co-chairs the GACP Training Committee.
The City will host a reception honoring Chief Moss for this distinguished honor on August 12, 2019, at 6:00p.m. at the Chambers at City Center.