(Dec. 14, 2013) – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently presented Armstrong State University’s Chief of Police Wayne R. Willcox with a 2013 Governor’s Public Safety Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.
Willcox, who also serves as the director of the university’s Cyber Security Research Institute, was officially recognized at a special ceremony held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga. on December 12. The Governor's Public Safety Award honored Willcox for his cyber forensics leadership, which has reduced the digital forensics backlog in southeast Georgia from 7 to 12 months to less than 30 days.
Originally from Piqua, Ohio, Willcox joined Armstrong in 2009. He previously worked at the Piqua Police Department in Piqua, Ohio for 37 years, retiring as Chief of Police prior to joining Armstrong.
Over the years, Willcox has won numerous awards including the Spirit of Armstrong Award, the Ohio Behavioral Health Association Award for Innovative Leadership, an Ohio Senate Commendation for Outstanding Achievement, a Commendation for Community Service from the Ohio governor and the Bill Fox Community Service Award.
A Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), Willcox is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, The Police Executive Leadership College and The Edison Leadership Institute. He has an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Findlay.
The Governor’s Public Safety Award honors dedication and selfless work in the Georgia public safety profession. The award program was initiated by Governor Zell Miller in 1998 to provide an opportunity for the men and women of Georgia’s public safety community to be recognized for outstanding service to the citizens of Georgia.