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Winder police dept. selected as award finalist

WINDER - The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police has selected the Winder Police Department as a finalist for the Motorola/Dr. Curtis McClung Award of Excellence.

The award is presented annually to an agency that develops and initiates an innovative program that has an impact on the community, the department and law enforcement as a profession, according to a news release.

The Police Department was nominated for the TV show "Cop Talk," a local production designed to give residents of Barrow County an inside look at life as a public safety servant and provide them with safety tips as well as information on the services offered throughout Barrow County and Georgia.

On the show, Capt. Dennis Dorsey of the Winder Police Department and Maj. Todd Druse of the Barrow County Sheriff's Office have given viewers a glimpse of a real crime lab and interviewed special guests such as Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan and Winder's first female police officer, Josephine Moon, who was hired in the early 1950s.

Nominations for the Award of Excellence are open to more than 500 municipal agencies throughout the state. Three finalists are chosen by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police's executive board.

Members of both the Winder Police Department and Barrow County Sheriff's Office will travel July 13 to Savannah for the special awards dinner. This is the second nomination for the Winder Police Department. In 2007, the Police Department was runner-up to Peachtree City Police Department for the award.