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Loganville PD earns state certification

LOGANVILLE - Frank Rotundo, Director of the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs, officially announced Thursday night that the Loganville Police Department successfully completed the rigorous state certification program. This feat earns the Loganville PD the distinction of being one of the few departments in the state to make that claim.

There are about 700 police departments in Georgia, and only 92 have state certification.

"This is indeed an honor," said Rotundo, who presented chief Mike McHugh with two plaques commemorating the departments efforts.

State certification for police departments is valid for 3 years and renewable for another 3 years, but law enforcement personnel must continuously strive to maintain the high standards set forth in the program.

"There are 118 critical standards (these departments) must meet to get certified," Rotundo said.

Mayor Ray Nunley commended McHugh and his staff for a job well done. "You don't realize the value of a good police department until you need them."

City to purchase a new fire truck

City council members approved spending $250,000 for a new fire truck for the city. The truck will be housed at the new fire station being built on the Gwinnett County side of Loganville, but it will serve the entire city as needed, Public Safety Committee Chairman Jerry Price said.

New park construction under way

Loganville has procured about 3.35 acres on Tuck Road for the purpose of constructing a new Gwinnett park. According to city manager Bill Jones, brush is already being cleared on the property. The park will feature a playground and walking trail and should be ready for public use by late Spring or early Summer.