security man in the world is heading up the new Atlanta Police Foundation
and says hes excited about the opportunity to help make the
city a safer place. Named president and CEO of the foundation, David
Wilkinson, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Secrect Service, comes to
the post with the highest credentials. He was picked by Presidents
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for their personal protective coverage.
He was with President Bush on September 11, 2001, and later received
a distinguished service award for his incredible supervision of agents
and decisive actions on that fateful day.
More recently, Wilkinson served as Special Agent in Charge of the
Secret Service for Georgia, responsible for security at last years
G-8 Summit at Sea Island, Georgia. Leaders of the worlds eight
most industrialized nations attended the event and it went off without
Accustomed to working in partnership with federal, state and local
law enforcement and security officials, Wilkinson says he looks forward
to working with the Atlanta Police Department, Mayor Shirley Franklin
and corporate leaders to implement security measures and enhance the
image of Atlanta.
The Atlanta Police Foundation was created by a diverse group of business
and community leaders in 2003 to secure resources and be an advocate
for the Atlanta Police Department and its employees and to serve as
a voice of the community on public safety issues.
The foundation is currently launching a $3.75 million campaign to
support five programs of the Atlanta Police Department: a high quality
recruitment program to recruit the best and the brightest officers
to the APD, a training program to ensure that the officers and command
staff of the APD have the most advanced training possible to fight
crime in the city, a scholarship program to encourage officers to
finish their degrees and seek higher levels of education, an affordable
housing program so more officers can live inside the city limits of
Atlanta, and the much awaited return of the Mounted Horse Patrol.