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Third Annual Georgia Association of Women in Public Safety Conference

Hundreds of women will descend on Athens for the third annual Georgia Association of Women in Public Safety Conference. The meeting addresses the concerns and issues facing women in the profession.

Courtney Gale is a Lieutenant with the UGA Police Department and Executive Director of the organization. She says the gathering will focus on expanding training across professions for those attending.

“Because the reality is, if there’s an emergency these days, all of us are responding,” Gale said. “So I might not know you, I don’t know your agency. But if you’re close, more than likely, if it’s bad enough, you’re going to go. And so it’s a way of creating avenues for relationships and professional communications.”

Gale says women from a variety of different fields will take part.

They’ll discuss issues including health and wellness, basic tactical medicine, and more. The former Athens-Clarke County Police Officer knows first-hand the importance of training in saving lives. In 2007, she survived a knife attack by a man later deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial.

The conference takes Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 at the Georgia Center and it costs $185 per person to register. 

The keynote speakers are Nelly Miles and Natalie Ammons with the GBI. 5-time Olympic Gold medalist and UGA alum Teresa Edwards will also speak at the event.

Visit www.gawps.org,  for more information. 

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!