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Chief Turner Joins Major Cities Chiefs Association In Honoring Former Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington
Richard J. Pennington, the 22nd Chief of Police for the City of Atlanta, was presented the Major Cities Chiefs Association’s Leadership Award on Monday.
Police Chief George N. Turner, who succeeded Pennington in 2010, presented the award, along with MCCA President, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. The award was announced at MCCA’s fall meeting, but Chief Pennington was not able to attend. He was given the award in a private ceremony today.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was created by MCCA to honor current or former members that have made a substantial contribution to improving policing over their career.
“Chief Pennington made an enormous impact on public safety, not just here in Atlanta, but everywhere he served,” said Chief Turner. “I’m proud and honored to walk in his footsteps.”
Chief Pennington began his career with the Washington, D.C. Police Department, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. In 1994, he became Chief of the New Orleans Police Department.
In July, 2002, Pennington was appointed as the Chief of the Atlanta Police Department, where he immediately began addressing public safety challenges facing the city.
Pennington instituted a computerize crime statistical model designed to reform crime-fighting strategies and restore police accountability called “COBRA” (Command Operations Briefing to Revitalize Atlanta). As a result of this initiative – a form of which is still used by APD today – the city experienced a significant reduction in crime.
Pennington also led the APD to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and played a pivotal role in creation of the Atlanta Police Foundation. He worked tirelessly in making Atlanta a safe and vibrant city.
A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the fight against crime in Atlanta.
With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.
The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.