Columbus has been selected to host the national training conference of the National Constables and Marshals Association later this month, officials announced Thursday.
The city landed the conference with about 200 law enforcement personnel after Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman and Chief Deputy Richard Berkowitz of DeKalb County, Ga., made a pitch for the event during its national conference in Tucson, Ariz., last year.
The conference is scheduled March 28-April 1 with most events held at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center and the Columbus Marriott downtown on Front Avenue.
Training topics include The Warrior vs The Guardian Mentality, The Importance of Body Cameras, Child Fatality Overview, Sovereign Citizens, Intelligence Lead Policing, Critical Infrastructure Identification and Protection, ISIS Overview, Fair and Impartial Policing, Cultural Diversity, First Aid and Buddy Care and Dealing with Canine Encounters.
Countryman, who serves as president of Georgia Marshals Training Network with help from Fulton, DeKalb and Richmond counties, is pleased the city was selected for the conference.
"I feel good about the training and I feel good about the revenue it’s going to bring to Columbus, Ga.," the marshal said .
Maj. Reginald R. Brown Sr., board chairman of the National Constables and Marshals Association, said personnel attending the conference include U.S. attorney generals, marshal for the Florida Supreme Court, police chiefs, sheriffs and probation officers.
"With the increasing crime across our nation, coming together as law enforcement family is essential for sharing ideas and keeping up with criminal activity and trends spanning the United States," Brown said in a statement. "We are one nation and one law enforcement, regardless of the patch on our sleeve."
Along with the training, Countryman said a charity golf tournament is held March 28 to raise money for military and law enforcement families in need. Anyone who wants to take part in the event as a sponsor, vendor or supporter should call the Muscogee County Marshal’s Office at 706-225-4385.