Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan has been named the president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police for 2016-2017, succeeding Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

“I consider it a great honor to be able to lead this distinguished association,” Grogan said in a statement. “I look forward to working with police chiefs across this state to advance professionalism in law enforcement and to continue to build positive relationships with our communities.”

Grogan said he wants GACP to focus this year on training officers.

“The focus of our association this year will be in the area of training.  As law enforcement leaders, we must make sure our officers and leaders have the best training possible and understand the challenges faced by law enforcement today,” he said in a statement.

“Good training can keep our officers safe and equip them with the tools they need to provide fair and impartial policing services to the communities they serve,” he said.

GACP was founded 54 years ago and is an association of police chiefs and law enforcement command staff. Grogan was sworn in as president by state Attorney General Sam Olens on July 26. His duties include chairing GACP’s executive board and appointing all committee chairs.

Grogan began his career with the Marietta Police Department in 1981 and rose through the ranks to deputy chief upon his retirement in 2008. Grogan was appointed as the first Dunwoody Police chief in 2008. He earned a a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.