Georgia hosted the National Black State Troopers Coalition’s (NBSTC) 34th Annual Summer Training Conference & Membership Meeting in Atlanta, on August 6-11, at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta. The conference provided both active and retired state troopers from various states with personal enrichment and professional development skills through training, networking, and community service with the theme “Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Reality, Tomorrow’s Destiny.” The Georgia delegation consisted of 52 members from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP).
More than 200 members of the coalition were welcomed with southern hospitality by Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Georgia Department of Public Safety/Georgia State Patrol, the 52-member delegation, and other GSP personnel who taught workshops, provided refreshments during breaks, and coordinated activities outside of the hotel, including transportation to all events.
The conference provided active, associates and retired members, as well as their spouses and guests, with the latest substantive information regarding technical proficiency in law enforcement and self-development skills. This year’s topics included Human/Sex Trafficking, Active Shooter, Peer-to-Peer Support, Recruiting/Hiring, Leadership Training, and Planning for Retirement. As a part of the conference events, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative, (GA) 5th District, served as keynote speaker during the opening ceremony and prayer breakfast, and Justice Harold Melton, Georgia Supreme Court, served as the keynote speaker during the dinner banquet and awards program.
In addition, members participated in a community service event at the Ronald W. Bridges Park in Union City, where they cleaned furniture, rooms, and equipment, removed old equipment, painted outside buildings and interior walls, landscaped the grounds, restriped the baseball field, and had a chance to talk to a youth football team. Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp hosted a southern-style dinner at the Governor’s Mansion.
The objective of NBSTC is to promote communication between minority state troopers throughout the United States and within their own agencies. The organization works to encourage minorities to seek employment in law enforcement, to encourage incumbent officers to remain in law enforcement, participate in self-improvement programs, and prepare and compete for promotion and assignments to special units, so they can advance and better serve fellow officers and the citizens of their states. Although the coalition was created for Black State Troopers and support personnel in order to professionalize their image and to increase their exposure within Black communities across the United States, NBSTC is opened to all law enforcement who want to make a difference in their surrounding communities.
For more information or to become a member, please call the National Black State Troopers Coalition at (414) 315-0175. You also can follow NBSTC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nbstc85.