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Word from the Chief: Conyers Police Citizens Academy graduates 14
The Conyers Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy Spring 2013 graduates. First row, left to right: Jimmy Martin, CPD Sgt. Peggy Dunn, Angia Levels, Jennifer Alford, Connie Garrison, Jim Garrison, Erica Hardeman, CPD Chief Gene Wilson, and Mackenzie Morgan. Second row, left to right: Darrell Henderson, Judy Watson, Antoine Tucker, Darrell Griffin, Ginger Wages, Antoine St. Julian, and Bill Efner. - photo by Submitted Photo

This past week, we held our latest graduation for community members participating in the Conyers Police Department Citizens Police Academy. We presented certificates of completion to 14 community members. 

Our next community event will be a Junior Police Academy. This will be an excellent educational opportunity for young people ages 14-17. The junior police academy will be a two-week program starting on July 8, with a graduation scheduled for July 20. Sessions will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conyers Police Department training room which is located on the second floor of our 1194 Scott Street headquarters.    

There is no cost for students to participate in the Junior Police Academy. The academy is limited to the first 20 applicants who meet the requirements of being between the ages of 14-17. You do not have to be a resident of Rockdale County. 

For additional information, please contact Sergeant Peggy Dunn at 678-374-5603 or the Conyers Police Department website at to request an application. Applications are due by July 3. 

Officer Patrick Warren and Officer Everett Searcy is traveling with eight of the Conyers Police Department Explorers to Montevallo, Ala., for the Explorer Academy from June 8 to June 15. This is an educational opportunity filled with physical training and police activity-type competitions. We wish them well as they finish up their journey today.

I would like to extend my congratulations and appreciation to Court Clerk Tonya Searcy, Officer Shyra Hardwick, Officer Patrick Warren, and Sergeant Kristen Moore for five years of service to the City of Conyers. I would also like to congratulate Corporal Corey Hambrick on his promotion to the position of sergeant as well as Officer Everett Searcy on his promotion to the position of corporal. I am very proud of these individuals for their accomplishments.

After more than 17 years of service to the City of Conyers Police Department, Ms. Linda Rogers will be retiring. Ms. Rogers  started her career with us as the Criminal Investigations Division administrative assistant on Sept. 5, 1995. She later transferred to the Records Department where she is currently assigned. Ms. Rogers   is one of the first faces people see when they visit the Conyers Police Department. She has always greeted customers, co-workers and community members with a smile as she provided information or fulfilled their requests. While we are all excited for her as she starts the next chapter of her life, we are saddened that we won’t get to see her every day after this month. We wish her only the best in the future.