An outreach manager has been appointed to the Gwinnett County Police Department’s Community Affairs Section.
Police Chief Brett West recently appointed Rachael Warnsley, who is the first civilian to join the community outreach team led by Maj. Michelle Anglin. The team’s goal is to strengthen positive relationships and trust by fostering police/community communication, interaction, transparency and mutual respect.
A Lawrenceville resident, Warnsley brings more than 16 years of community outreach experience connecting diverse populations. In her most recent role as senior director of development and engagement with the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Warnsley worked closely with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office to implement the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program, which was designed to reduce recidivism among individuals exiting jail and to assist them in successfully transitioning back into society. Warnsley was also part of the team responsible for creating HomeFirst Gwinnett in partnership with the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the Primerica Foundation to combat homelessness.
“Warnsley was specially selected to join the Community Affairs Section because of her long history of leadership and her ability to build genuine relationships that translate to positive community change,” a news release reads.
Warnsley said she looks forward to working with stakeholders including the Gwinnett Police Citizens Advisory Board, Gwinnett Police Foundation and other local and regional nonprofit, faith-based, business and government leaders in the community through her new role.
“We have the unique opportunity to be a beacon for the nation, demonstrating how an inclusive community empowered by diversity trusts local police to promote justice and equitable treatment to all residents,” Warnsley said.