ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Longtime police officer Terry Joyner was selected for the Governor’s Public Safety Award, a prestigious statewide award by Gov. Nathan Deal. The ceremony was held Nov. 5 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, in Forsyth County.
“I’m just honored,” Joyner said. “It’s something I wasn’t expecting to have in my winding down career.”
Joyner has served in public safety in one form or another for 42 years. He also served a 21-year stint as Roswell City Councilman. In his career, he has served as Roswell’s police chief as well as chief of security for Lockheed Martin.
In 2005, Joyner decided he wanted to continue policing and was hired as a police officer with the city of Alpharetta. He is currently the department’s community relations officer.
“I am so proud of Terry’s lifetime of service and the recognition he received today,” said Gary D. George, Alpharetta’s public safety director. “He exemplifies the public safety profession and the type of employees we have in Alpharetta Public Safety.”
Each year, the governor honors a very select group of people with the award. These awards recognize the courageous efforts of members of Georgia’s public safety community who have exhibited through acts of heroism and/or outstanding lifetime contributions to the communities they serve.
Joyner came up with the idea for the “Your car is not a safe” program. This program is designed to increase public knowledge of the dangers of leaving valuables inside their vehicles while going about their daily business. He came up with the idea of using 3-D magnetic signage depicting a safe. The safe is shown with the messages, “Your car is not a safe” and “Secure your valuables.”
Joyner places the magnetic signs on a marked police vehicle and then drives through parking lots and restaurants during peak pedestrian times. He also places large 3-D graphic banners at key intersections during peak traffic times. His goal is to spread the message that valuables are vulnerable if left in plain sight in a vehicle. The hope is that residents change a behavior, which lessens their chances of becoming a victim.
In part because of the program, Alpharetta Public Safety projects a 25 percent decrease in the number of reported entering auto offenses this year.