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Gov. Deal addresses Chiefs of Police

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers are gathered in Savannah for the annual Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, along with Georgia's Executive Chief, Governor Nathan Deal. The governor expressed his appreciation to hundreds of officers across the state for all of their service and dedication.

It is a state mandated summer training conference where officers and deputies receive 20 hours of training for three days.

Tuesday's focus included legislative updates, Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the law enforcement reforms that he has put in place to divert non-violent offenders.

The first reform program is in the adult system with the addition of more drug and alcohol courts. The second is the juvenile justice reform with the same type of diversion into community programs. Now, Gov. Deal is working on a re-entry program that targets the 60,000 people in the state's prison system.

"We currently have in the adult population one in every three that is released back in our system in three years," said Gov. Deal. "That's not acceptable; we want to make sure that if we release someone that they are as prepared as they can make them for re-entry to being good citizens and to not repeat their criminal conduct."

Many officers appreciated the governor's reform initiatives including Chatham County's Chief Deputy Roy Harris who said he is especially supportive of the re-entry program since they have already had issues of overcrowding at the jail.

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