2018 Susette M. Talarico Lecture: “Trust, Race, and Police: The Contemporary Challenges of History”
Presented by Chief Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police, LaGrange Police Department
During the span of his 40-year career, Chief Louis M. Dekmar has served in law enforcement as a police officer, detective, division commander, and Chief of Police. Since 1995, he has served as the Chief of Police and Chief of Public Safety for the City of LaGrange. Dekmar also acts as the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Past President and Chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). A graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, he is also Past-President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Dekmar has provided over 300 training programs to police chiefs, elected officials and other law enforcement personnel in over 20 states and several countries (including Norway where he delivered an address to the UN Police) on topics including leadership, ethics, law enforcement management and liability issues. Chief Dekmar has received numerous local, state and national awards over his career, including the district attorney’s headlight award for racial trust building.