The Cherokee County School District’s police chief has been named to a state committee focused on school safety.
Chief Buster Cushing, who has led the CCSD Police Department since 2019 after a 22-year career with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, has been asked to serve on a Georgia POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training Council) ad hoc committee formed to review school safety.
The Council, which was established in 1970 by the Georgia General Assembly, trains and certifies law enforcement officers for agencies statewide including the CCSD Police Department.
Chief Cushing is one of three Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police representatives who will serve on the ad hoc committee along with three representatives from the Georgia Sheriff’s Association. The committee will review possible changes to POST training programs in response to lessons learned from the Uvalde school shooting tragedy.
In response to Uvalde, Chief Cushing reviewed CCSD Police Department operations and school safety plans and made recommendations to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower for further improvements. These recommendations, all of which were approved, included hiring more police officers to provide expanded coverage at elementary schools. The first phase of this new officer hiring has been completed, allowing for seven officers to be assigned solely to elementary schools, with additional officers to be hired next semester to further increase coverage.
“Chief Cushing is known statewide for his law enforcement and public safety knowledge and for how he has applied that expertise to improving school safety,” Dr. Hightower said. “We’re so fortunate to have a leader of his caliber heading up our police force. He has improved our operations and our relationships with law enforcement and public safety partners, and his reputation has attracted outstanding new officers to join our team. I know his role on this state committee will help students, teachers and school staff statewide stay safer.”