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July 25-- Vidalia's Chief of Police, Frank Waits has been named President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).  The GACP is an association that has served police chiefs and command staff law enforcement personnel for over 50 years and currently represents over 500 Chiefs of Police and Law Enforcement Agency Heads across the State of Georgia.  Chief Waits assumed his role as President of the GACP on the evening of Tuesday, July 24, 2012.  Part of his new duties includes chairing the Association’s Executive Board, and appointing all committee chairs.

{mosimage}Chief Waits has served the State of Georgia as a law enforcement professional for over 32 years.  His career began in 1980 after attending the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy in Kennesaw, Georgia.  After gaining experience in the Atlanta area, he established his foundational roots in Griffin where he excelled through the ranks of the Griffin Police Department retiring to become the Police Chief of the City of Kingsland.  His credentials as a practitioner are many but he is extremely proud of being one of only a few Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Senior Law Enforcement Instructors and by being a team leader and assessor for the State of Georgia State Certification Program which is administered by the GACP.

Chief Waits attended Mercer University (1991-1997) receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Service Management.   Additionally, he served his Alma Mater for a short period of time as an adjunct professor until his duties as a police chief became his single professional priority.  GACP’s new President has been married to his wife, Pam for over 25 years and enjoys life caring for rescued animals.