||A few words from the Sheriff…
Four years ago, the citizens of Newton County helped me realize my dream of becoming Sheriff Ezell Brown. I have worked tirelessly to fulfill the promises that Lt. Ezell Brown made during that historic campaign season of 2008. I asked then, to allow me to show “what Brown can do for you”, promising that I would be “a working, accessible Sheriff”. And, I don’t believe that anyone who has followed my daily activities over the last four years can say that I have done anything less. I know that we live in an era when citizens are often made to feel that “politicians” promise a lot; but, fail to “show up” after the election. Therefore, I have continuously checked my scorecard to make sure that I was on target with the promises I made.
As a seasoned law enforcement officer, I know that our ever-changing, rapidly growing community is still battling the “big three-drugs, sex, and violence”. Yes, we are at war at the local, state, and national levels. It is imperative that we arm ourselves with the weaponry needed to claim victory. The problems are not simple; so, there are no simple answers. However, I believe the plan, I initiated upon taking office, has resulted in significant gains in making Newton County safer for all. My re-election platform has revolved around the fact that time is often our greatest resource. Today, I am seeking your support in “continuing the work together” because “four years is not enough”. I need your help; so, I am turning to the people who have known me the longest, who know me best, with whom I have associated, and humbly invite you to get involved in my campaign and help make a difference.
|Sheriff Brown speaks at 9/11 Ceremony • View photos by clicking HERE.
Prior to September 11, 2001, 9-1-1 was just the three digit emergency call number. It was the number that everyone, from preschoolers to senior citizens, were taught to use in the event of an emergency situation. It was the simple number that brought law enforcement and other emergency alert responders to the rescue.
However, on that morning, exactly 11 years ago today, 9-1-1 took on new meaning. It became the day when my fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement performed the greatest rescue
mission in American history. It was on that morning at this very hour when all of the training
received by the New York Police Department and surrounding agencies was put to the test. It
was not a phone call; but the words, “the Twin Towers have been hit”! Then, in Washington, the
Pentagon has been hit! Yet again, a plane has gone down in Pennsylvania!
Where were you that fateful morning? What were you doing? How did you feel? Did you
believe what you were seeing or hearing? Did you think that it was just a sick joke or the setting
for a movie? Did you think you were asleep and having a nightmare?
Did you know anyone personally affected? Did you realize that morning that travel would
change forever? Did you know that your ID would become your best friend? Did you know that
anything could strike us at the very core of our existence…stopping us in our tracks?
As I think back, I was sitting at my desk working on some case files when the alert came into the
office. I immediately turned on the television and repeatedly watched the replays of the planes
hitting the towers…witnessed the look of horror on the countless faces…the dust, debris, and
many running away. However, in the midst of all of this, I saw a glimmer of hope in the faces of
fellow law enforcement personnel…my fellow first responders standing tall, and rushing to
action, as they honored the oaths taken when they put on their badges the very first time.
Today, I stand to honor the memories of those 72 peace officers who sacrificed their lives in the
line of duty on the deadliest day in the history of U.S. Law Enforcement.
They did not stop to think
about their own safety or the families waiting for them at home.
They did what men and women
working in law enforcement do everyday… they put the welfare of citizens ahead of their own.
The twenty-four hours following the attacks, law enforcement agencies throughout the country
were placed on high alert. A call also went out throughout the country asking for assistance.
Therefore, our tribute cannot just go out to the persons who lost their lives on 9-1-1. Not, without
remembering the officers who traveled from points unknown to come to the aid of the citizens at
ground zero and beyond.
Life as we knew it on September 10, 2001 was changed forever that following morning. The
faces of those brave officers will be forever posted in our personal and professional “walls of
fame”. Because of their bravery, the death toll was lower than it could have been…we pause
today because of their actions not those of the terrorists. They, along with the countless others
who responded to this attack against America… taught us what true heroism is. Because of their
response, most of us who wear the badge, will never face this type of situation. However,
because of them, we are better prepared, better trained, and better equipped to face terroristic threats against our communities. Today, we pause to remember.
|DARE fading out…..CHAMPS coming in
|CHAMPS, Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety, is an anti-drug and violence program that is taught in the state of Georgia. It was created by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association in 2004 to address the ever-changing problems youth face. The program has spread quickly throughout the state.
Newton County Sheriff’s Office implemented CHAMPS in 2009. The program is taught to all 14 elementary schools in the county. In the last three years, 4589 fifth graders graduated from the program.
||The CHAMPS curriculum provide accurate information about alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs emphasizing that mind-altering drugs are illegal and harmful to young people. Students are taught about refusal strategies when facing peer pressure and what to do when being bullied. Currently, it is estimated that over 400,000 Americans die each year from tobacco related causes and over 100,000 people die each year from alcohol related causes. With that in mind, Sheriff Brown made the decision that we could not stop teaching our students about the dangers they face and how to deal with those dangers. He made the decision to bring the CHAMPS program here to Newton County and has made the commitment to expand the program so that we may reach more students in the future.