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April 25 2016

Atlanta Police Chief Turner Appointed to Operation HOPE Regional Board

ATLANTA – Apr. 25, 2016 – Global financial dignity and economic empowerment leader, Operation HOPE, Inc., has named George N. Turner, Chief of the Atlanta Police Department (APD), to its Southeastern regional board of directors.

Appointed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed as the 23rd Chief of Police for the City of Atlanta on July 9, 2010, Chief Turner currently oversees the operations of the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Georgia. He is a 34-year veteran of the APD, which has an authorized strength of 2,034 sworn officers. His goals for the department include, targeting gang violence, alleviating aggressive panhandling, and enhancing police officer recruitment efforts.  In addition, Chief Turner is adamant in ensuring that the department has the most advanced technology, and strives to continue improving its partnership with local communities.

Chief Turner has worked in all areas of the department, including, the uniform division and investigations. Since taking command of the department, overall crime has continued to decline to the lowest levels since the 1960s. He has received numerous commendations and awards from the Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for his work on protective details with U.S. Presidents, international leaders, and other high-level officials. He has also worked closely with the state of Georgia and other local law enforcement agencies on a wide array of special assignments and details. Chief Turner currently holds a secret clearance from the FBI.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Chief Turner serves as the President of the Atlanta Police Athletic League, and the President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police 2015-2016. In 2015, he was elected to serve as the 2nd Vice President on the executive board of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He is past Chair of the Atlanta METROPOL, and board member of Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), the past Board Chair of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Research Analysis Committee, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); Executive Advisory Board member for the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center, and the Police Executive Research Forum. Chief Turner has also completed the FBI National Executive Institute training session, Class #34.

Chief Turner was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools system, and attended Clark Atlanta University.  In 2003, he was selected as a member of the Clark Atlanta University Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University. In 2013, Chief Turner was chosen as the Columbus State University Alumni of the Year. He completed the United States Secret Service Academy, Small Detail Training, Police Executive Research Forum (Senior Management Institute), and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Command College. He has been married to Cathy Turner for 34 years, and they are the parents of four adult children and seven grandchildren. 

Existing members of the Southeastern regional board of Operation HOPE, include, Kwanza Hall, Councilmember [District 2], Atlanta City Council, Dr. Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, The King Center, Cassius Butts, Region IV Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration, and Carolyn Young, Vice-Chair, Andrew Young Foundation.

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

 Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to "silver rights" with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—powering the broadest financial inclusion network in the country. Through its core programs, the nonprofit has provided financial dignity and economic empowerment to over 2.6 million individuals worldwide, and $2 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, and minimum wage workers into living wage consumers. Project 5117 is Operation HOPE’s multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth, and stabilize the American dream by boosting credit scores. Operation HOPE recently received its second consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator—further establishing it as a best-in-class organization. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org