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Young Harris College Police Department Named the 2017 Agency of the Year

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.  – The Police Department at Young Harris College was recently recognized by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Appalachian Traffic Trial Enforcement Network as Police Agency of the Year. This recognition was awarded on behalf of the department’s statistics and timeliness in 2017.

“I am very honored by this award because there are some great agencies out there, so to be chosen as Agency of the Year is just unreal,” said YHC Chief of Police Ken Henderson. “Our entire department is so pleased and very excited because each and every one of our officers have worked very hard.”

Michael Early of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety presented the YHC Police Department with a certificate during a small ceremony held on the YHC campus.

“The YHC Police Department has always shown great gratitude and appreciation to the Governor’s Office,” said Early. “Every time I call, they are there to assist in any way possible.”

To meet the needs of Young Harris College, the YHC Police Department is a force of state-certified police officers whose duties are integrated to provide law enforcement, crime prevention and parking control/enforcement. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department strives to contribute to the academic environment by performing professional law enforcement tasks with a positive, service-oriented and educational approach.

“This award is a direct reflection of our Police Department’s commitment to safety and quality of service not only to the YHC campus, but to our local communities and the entire state of Georgia,” said President Dr. Drew Van Horn.

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 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2017-2018 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit