Pelham police chief experiences trip of a life time in Israel
Pelham Police Chief Nealie McCormick just got back from the trip of a life time after traveling to Israel for two weeks.
McCormick was selected as one of 21 delegates to participate in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program through Georgia State.
During the two week intensive training, McCormick was able to interact with some of Israel's top officers for a police leadership training.
According to the chief, the focus of the training was on community policing tactics.
McCormick says many of the community policing techniques he witnessed first hand could be applied right here in the U.S..
McCormick adds there were plenty of things for him to learn in Israel and apply here locally.
"What I found out even after forty years is there's still a lot to learn and this was a great opportunity, actually it was an opportunity of a life time," said McCormick.
McCormick says he will go through the trainings to pick out the techniques that would be most applicable to Pelham.
A total of 21 police chiefs, sheriffs, public safety commissioners and officials from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee participated in the training.
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough from the Tift County Sheriff's Office was also selected for the trip.