Alpharetta's Public Safety Director receives national award



ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Director Gary D. George of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety was recently honored in Schaumburg, Illinois, at the 104th Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) law enforcement accreditation conference.

“I am honored and grateful for this award,” George said. “However, this award truly belongs to the men and women of Alpharetta Public Safety who work tirelessly to provide exceptional service to our community.”

George oversees all public safety operations involving police, fire and 911 services within the city of Alpharetta.

Each year, a small number of law enforcement chief executives are presented with the Egon Bittner award. The award is named after Professor Egon Bittner who was a pioneer in the creation and development of the national CALEA program.

The Egon Bittner award is awarded to a chief executive who has commanded a CALEA-accredited agency for 15 years or more. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety meets and exceeds that standard.

“Our city has been fortunate to have Gary as our public safety director for over 13 years,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “He is a tremendous leader and has played a significant role in keeping the city of Alpharetta a tremendous place to live, work and play. I congratulate our director for his award and the men and women of Alpharetta Public Safety for their service.”

The purpose of CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process and recognizing professional excellence.

For more information regarding CALEA, the 480 professional standards or the assessment process, visit


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