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State leaders gather for Glennville's annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner

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GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) -

Atlanta may have the Capitol, but Georgia's leaders flock to Glennville on the same night every year for the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. 

Decades ago, a Glennville businessman named Wayne Dasher teamed up with sheriffs in Tattnall and surrounding counties to start the tradition. Now, it's one of the largest meetings of its kind in the state. 

The dinner brings together law enforcement from surrounding cities and counties, as well as the state. It's a chance for them to meet others from across Georgia. That networking and collaboration has helped solve cases in the past. It's also a chance for the community to express their gratitude for those who risk their lives, no matter what part of Georgia they cover.

Governor Nathan Deal addressed the crowd to let them know part of this year's state budget will include a pay raise for state law enforcement officers. He and others praised the sacrifices made by officers on all levels.

“They're critical to what we do from a law enforcement standpoint. They provide safety and security on our roadways through our state patrolmen. They provide extensive and intensive investigation work through our Georgia Bureau of investigation,” said Gov. Deal. 

Thursday marked the 29th year of the dinner.

WTOC"s own Dal Cannady served as the Master of Ceremonies. 

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