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Leadership

The success and longevity of Georgia’s traffic enforcement networks are the result of outstanding leadership.

Members of the leadership team must have a passion for traffic enforcement and highway safety. The ideal network coordinator comes from the ranks of traffic enforcement supervisors. These individuals possess the skills, knowledge, and leadership qualities to coordinate a traffic enforcement network effectively. Traffic enforcement network coordinators in Georgia now include leaders from chiefs of police to sergeants, deputy sheriffs and leadership from the Georgia State Patrol.

Traffic enforcement network coordinators’ duties entail all network functions and responsibilities, including the following:

  • Coordinating and scheduling monthly network meetings
  • Disseminating information from the GOHS to the network
  • Coordinating enforcement activities and blitzes as initiated by the GOHS (such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance, and so on)
  • Coordinating traffic enforcement training courses for officers as proposed by the GOHS
  • Assisting the GOHS in obtaining enforcement activity reports from agencies within their respective regions during mobilization periods
  • Scheduling, issuing, and keeping inventory of network equipment
  • Documenting all network activities, providing justification for all federal funds expended for any network function or use
  • Maintaining a network meeting log, including information on incentive equipment distribution and network attendance

Perhaps one of the most important duties of network coordinators is to select fellow traffic enforcement officers to perform in the volunteer role of assistant network coordinators. The assistant coordinators, like the coordinators, are sworn law enforcement officers volunteering their time to provide leadership to the traffic enforcement networks. Assistant coordinators should share the same dedication, passion, and leadership abilities as coordinators. Coordinating the activities of a network is a tremendous job, and the purpose of the assistant coordinators is to assist the coordinators with those duties.

Communication and coordination between coordinators and assistant coordinators is extremely important. Some coordinators select assistants who are employed with the same agency so that they can stay in regular, direct communication and work closely together. Other coordinators make their selections based on the geography of their regions to improve communication throughout their entire networks and to provide an opportunity for other agencies to share leadership roles in the operations. The GOHS encourages flexibility at the network level so that coordinators can adopt the strategy that produces the best results in their respective regions.

View list of all GOHS Traffic Enforcement Network Coordinators

This page adapted from an article in The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 7, July 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.