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 Brian Kemp has committed to the continuation of the GPSA program.

Submit a Nomination  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Committee Representation

  • Chairman Ben Hinson
  • Vice Chairman Judd Smith
  • Georgia Sheriffs Association
  • Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services
  • State Board of Pardons and Parole
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division
  • Georgia Fire Chiefs Association
  • Georgia Prison Wardens Association
  • Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Georgia Department of Public Safety
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Georgia State Firefighters Association
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia
  • Peace Officers Association of Georgia
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Georgia Firefighters Standards & Training Council
  • Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma, Dept. of Public Health
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
  • Georgia Emergency Management Agency
  • Police Benevolent Association of Georgia
  • Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council
  • Georgia State Patrol Historical Society
  • Georgia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council
  • Georgia 9-1-1 Director’s Association
  • Department of Community Supervision