The Governor’s Public Safety Awards Program (GPSA) was initiated in 1998 in order to provide an opportunity for the men and women in the public safety family to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities and contributions to their profession. As per former Governor Zell Miller, who established these awards, “While we have appropriately honored those who have fallen, I would like to establish an organization that would also honor those who by virtue of their personal integrity and determination make public safety the respectable and necessary profession it is.” Governor Nathan Deal has committed to the continuation of the GPSA program.

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Committee Representation

  • Chairman Ben Hinson
  • Vice Chairman Keith Canup
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Georgia Public Safety Training Center
  • Georgia Sheriff’s Association
  • Peace Officers Association of Georgia
  • Georgia Department of Public Safety
  • Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division
  • Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training Council
  • Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Georgia State Firefighter’s Association
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • State Board of Pardons & Paroles
  • Georgia Prison Wardens’ Association
  • Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services
  • Department of Public Health, State Offices of EMS and Trauma
  • Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia
  • Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Georgia Emergency Management Agency
  • Police Benevolent Association of Georgia
  • Georgia State Patrol Historical Society
  • Georgia Department of Transportation