Several weeks ago, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), NOBLE (National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives) and the Georgia Sheriffs Association led Georgia law enforcement officials in a joint mission to gather supplies for those affected by floods that destroyed parts of Louisiana. In the Baton Rough area alone, it is estimated that over 100,000 people were in need of substantive aid.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Georgia, in conjunction with other caring and benevolent partners, encouraged citizens to bring donations of clothing, cleaning supplies, mold reducing chemicals and other needed items to several drop-off sites within and outside the boundaries of the City of Atlanta. WSB-TV partnered with law enforcement to assist by using the “might of the media” to spread the word that donations were needed. Within only a few days, over five tractor trailers were filled with contributions and were on the way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana with police escorts.
The GACP Executive Director stated that, “When it comes to helping people in dire need, law enforcement has and will always be ready to assist for there are no boundaries such as race or religion, we are one.” And, it was apparent that the general public also agreed with that statement. In addition to their support in the form of contributions, they provided law enforcement with trays of food such as homemade lasagna, pies, cookies, bottled water and – yes, you guessed it, even donuts so that they could keep up their strength while loading cargo onto pallets and into containers. GACP’s efforts were led by newly seated President, Chief Billy Grogan of the Dunwoody Police Department. In fact, Chief Grogan was part of the caravan of police vehicles that escorted the 5 tractor trailers full of goods to Baton Rouge.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole and Georgia Emergency Management Agency were some of the larger state agencies that partnered with the GACP, NOBLE and the GSA to help make the Convoy of Care a huge success. Additionally, large, as well as smaller-staffed law enforcement departments and government agencies also pooled their valuable resources to lend a hand in loading and packing trailers.
Those agencies include: Atlanta Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General – Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General – HUD, Office of Inspector General – Small Business Administration, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Secret Service, Atlanta Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, DeKalb County Police Department, Dunwoody Police Department, Kennesaw Police Department, Lithonia Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, Sandy Springs Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglasville Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Family & Children Services, Georgia State University Police Department, Reinhardt University Police Department, East Point Police Department and College Park Police Department.
It should also be mentioned that many other agencies and benevolent citizens not noted in this writing took part in the Convoy of Care, but were not credited because they just rolled up their sleeves and got to work without signing an attendance log. Caring for Others, Inc., Georgia Motor Trucking Association, as well as a variety of other caring groups outside of the law enforcement arena, contributed greatly to the success of the Convoy of Care.