Buckhead Business Association hosting ‘State of Public Safety’ panel

Atlanta police officers on Peachtree Street on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, Atlanta Police Foundation President Dave Wilkinson and other public safety leaders will come together Aug. 18 to discuss the “State of Public Safety” in Buckhead and Atlanta.

The forum will be held during the Buckhead Business Association’s Signature Luncheon. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 at 103 West.

“This is a timely topic of discussion, particularly given recent events across the United States and the globe,” said David Coxon, president of Georgia Primary Bank and 2016 BBA president. “We live in uncertain times, and our public safety leaders are doing everything in their power to serve and protect the community. This forum will no doubt be informative and insightful and gives us an opportunity to hear directly from those charged with keeping the community safe.”

During the event, the BBA will also bestow its annual Public Safety Awards to members of the Atlanta Police Department (Zone 2), Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit buckheadbusiness.org.

Chief George Turner

Chief Turner is a 35-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, which has an authorized strength of 2,000 sworn officers. Highly respected throughout the Atlanta community, Chief Turner’s resilience and leadership qualities will instill accountability in the effective delivery of police services.  Chief Turner was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools and attended Clark Atlanta University and holds a Bachelors of Art degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He is married to Cathy Turner for more than 30 years and they are the parents of four adult children and 7 grandchildren.

Dave Wilkinson

Dave joined the Foundation in 2005. Before joining the Foundation, Dave retired as the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Georgia Region. During his 22-year tenure with the Secret Service, Dave served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Investigations, as well as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protection Division, serving under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. Dave was awarded the Distinguished Service award from President Bush for supervision of agents/decisive actions on September 11, 2001.  Dave lives in Brooks, Georgia with his wife, Renee, and his two sons, Jacob and Jonathan.

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