An Atlanta college has renamed its law enforcement program after Hogansville Police Chief Moses Ector.
Atlanta Metropolitan State College President Gary McGaha renamed the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) last month to the Moses Ector Law Enforcement Leadership Academy, a program designed to prepare individuals for promotion and leadership responsibility in a criminal justice organization.
“He (Ector) has had a productive career in law enforcement with the GBI, Dekalb Police Department, a professor at AMSC for 20 years and now chief of police for Hogansville,” said Sheila Tenney, director of media relations for AMSC. “It is indeed an honor for us to name the program after Chief Ector.”
Ector graduated from AMSC, then Atlanta Junior College, in 1979 with an associate degree in criminal justice. He said he then made the commitment to himself to teach criminal justice after he obtained his master’s degree. He obtained his master’s degree from Troy University and began teaching at the AMSC. Over time, he and McGaha concocted a plan to start a law enforcement leadership program.
“I thought it was a good idea that we should do all we could to educate law enforcement supervisors,” said Ector.
The first class in the LELA started July 8, and seven students from agencies including, Atlanta , Fulton, Hogansville, and Riverdale completed the session, according to Tenney. Courses are taught by current and former leaders in law enforcement. Students who complete the seven week program will earn a certificate in law enforcement leadership from LELA and 21 hours of college credit toward an associate degree in criminal justice at AMSC.
Ector will be teaching homeland security in the next round of classes to begin this month.
“An education plays an important role in law enforcement and we’re hoping this program will make law enforcement more professional,” he said.