Social Circle Police Department, officer receive national recognition

SOCIAL CIRCLE — The Social Circle Police Department, along with one of its officers, was recognized recently by a national law enforcement organization.

The National Criminal Enforcement Association, or NCEA, named Social Circle Sgt. Keith Kendrick the 2013 NCEA Investigator of the Year. He was also given the organization’s Most Guns Seized Award during the National Interdiction Conference held April 2 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Social Circle Police Department was also awarded with the the NCEA’s 2013 Specialized Narcotics Unit of the Year award.

Police Chief Terry Sosebee said the awards, which are given based on the size of the geographic area of the particular jurisdictions as well as the size of the agencies, are meaningful because they represent a team effort on behalf of the police department. He said while three officers are assigned to a special operations unit, all officers may be called on to work any assignment, particularly narcotics investigations, which are the result of combined efforts among the Social Circle police and other jurisdictions.

“This reflects really the operations of the agency,” Sosebee said. “We all wear many hats in a smaller agency and we often have to make adjustments on the fly.”

The NCEA – formerly known as National Drug Interdiction Association (NDIA) — was formed in 1999 after the death of Capt. Robbie Bishop with the Villa Rica Police Department. Since that time, it has grown from a regionally based law enforcement organization to an internationally recognized organization that has approximately 5,000 members, according to its website. The organization originally included mostly interstate interdiction officers and has developed into a multi-faceted organization with a diverse membership of federal, state and local law enforcement representatives.