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YHC Police Department Hosts Training and Networking Meetings

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Author: Ali Hatley
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,

Young Harris College Police Department Hosts Training and Networking Meetings

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently hosted a special officer training on campus in which Joe Wilson, a certified instructor and part-time police officer at YHC, presented “The 12 Critical Tasks of Law Enforcement,” a mandatory annual course for all state-certified agencies.

Last fall, the College hosted a meeting of the Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network (ATTEN) in conjunction with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) that was open to all law enforcement officers in Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee County in North Carolina. Guest speaker District Attorney Jeff Langley presented a brief training session and network updates to the group.

“We were pleased to host both of these meetings at the College,” said YHC Chief of Police Ken Henderson. “It is so important to get officers together to network and to develop solutions involving highway safety. We appreciate the attendance of all of the officers, and we hope to continue hosting events like this in the future.”

The ATTEN is one of 16 regional traffic enforcement networks currently servicing all 159 counties in Georgia. The regional networks are open to all sworn law enforcement officers and prosecutors and are designed to enhance traffic enforcement activities through networking, training and legislation. The networks serve as a catalyst for traffic enforcement officers to voice their concerns and share ideas with their counterparts from other agencies in their region.

“During these meetings, we discuss traffic enforcement issues, such as DUIs and speeding, and we try to come up with solutions to these problems,” said ATTEN Coordinator and Blairsville Police Department Lieutenant Russell Walker. “Attendance and participation at these meetings also enables agencies to be eligible for grants and funding.”

For more information, contact GOHS Special Operations Division Director Ricky H. Rich at (404) 657-9078 or GOHS Law Enforcement Coordinator Powell Harrelson at (404) 463-8976.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

(From left to right) District Attorney Jeff Langley, Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network Coordinator and Blairsville Police Department Lieutenant Russell Walker, Young Harris College President Cathy Cox, YHC Chief of Police Ken Henderson and YHC Assistant Chief of Police Robbie Rich