AEGIS Emerges From Former Sheriff's Law Enforcement Foundation

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The AEGIS Law Enforcement Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (formerly known as the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Foundation) was introduced Thursday at the organization’s annual luncheon. The rebrand was spurred by a refocus towards the foundation’s mission of providing technology, specialized training and support to all law enforcement agencies in the greater Chattanooga area. 

“Partnerships between Hamilton County businesses and its law enforcement agencies is crucial towards maintaining a healthy, vibrant community and economy,” said AEGIS’s Executive Director, Tom Edd Wilson. “Our goal is to provide our law enforcement officers with the best tools, training and technology available so that they may excel at their jobs of preserving the safety of our citizens.”

At the luncheon, whose audience consisted of local business leaders, elected officials, and members of the general public, keynote speaker Mark Kroeker presented his vision of the changing needs of law enforcement officers over the coming decade. 

Mr. Kroeker explained that as economic realities have demonstrated, efforts by government facilities alone are not enough to accomplish Hamilton County’s goals.

“The answer then lies within the hands of our business leaders and private individuals,” said Mr. Kroeker. “The men and women of this community who reap the benefits of strong interactions with law enforcement.”

Mr. Kroeker, who serves as senior vice president for Justice and Rule of Law for Pacific Architects and Engineers in Washington D.C., began his career with the LAPD and has also worked with the United Nations and other law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

AEGIS was formed in 2011 by Sheriff Jim Hammond and has since grown into a partnership between Hamilton County businesses and members of the law enforcement community. Its board consists of business leaders Lews Card, Jr., Emerson E. Russell, Sr. and Greg A. Vital, all of Hamilton County. Its advisory board consists of law enforcement leaders, who assist in the decision making process for how the organization’s funds are used.


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