About Us

Lavonia Police Department is committed to Community Oriented Policing. Community Oriented Policing broadens the role of the Police Department in the community and the role of the community in the Police Department. Consequently, this exposes us to issues which have traditionally been considered outside the realm of "official police intervention."

Community Oriented Policing is much like preventive medicine. Citizens and police personnel must strive to place more emphasis on preventing the causes of crime than reacting or responding to the symptoms. To do this, the police and the citizens share the responsibility for controlling the conditions that influence crime.

Lavonia Police Officers and work together with the citizens of Lavonia to identify crime and non-crime problems. Prevention and resolution of these problems is achieved through modification of police methods and mobilization of resources from both Lavonia’s community and the Lavonia Police Department.

Everyone has a part to play in the COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING process. Collectively, we all have interests in the success of this endeavor; we have something to gain. Citizens of Lavonia are invited to participate in the establishment of goals and priorities in addressing community concerns. As either a private citizen or a member of an organized group, you can:

  • Work with Lavonia Police Officers to identify quality of life issues (e.g., abandoned cars, deteriorated housing, drug-related activities, residential traffic problems, etc.)
  • Work with the Police Department to develop short-term goals as well as long-term goals that address neighborhood concerns.
  • Participate with officers to resolve neighborhood concerns.
  • Report crime and/or suspicious activities to the Police Department.
  • Seek to learn more about what type of services the Lavonia Police Department has to offer.

Awards

  • 2001 Third place Governor's Challenge Winner
  • 2002 Second place Governor's Challenge Winner
  • 2003 First place Governor's Challenge Winner
  • 2003 First place International Association of Chief's of Police "Chief's Challenge" Winner
  • 2004 Third place Governor's Challenge Winner
  • 2006 First place Governor's Challenge Winner
  • 2007 Second place International Association of Chief's of Police "National Law Enforcement Challenge" Winner
  • 2007 Second place Georgia Governor’s Challenge Award
  • 2008 Third place International Association of Chief’s of Police “National Law Enforcement Challenge” Winner
  • 2011 Third place International Association of Chief’s of Police “National Law Enforcement Challenge” Winner
  • 2014 Third place Governor's Challenge Winner