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  A few words from the Sheriff:
Ten 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.



JACK SIMPSON: Sheriff Brown has record of professionalism

January 18, 2019

The big question of the day seems to be, “How do we vote?” Do we rely on machines or paper ballots? Do we throw out the rascal incumbents or choose challengers for the office? Already challengers have announced for the presidency, Congress, and even sheriff. That is the Democratic way. Citizens have the right to qualify and run for office where they feel they can do a better job than those already holding the office.

No doubt some incumbents need replacing, while others desire continued public support for their dedication to public service and for their community contributions. An example is the Office of Sheriff in Newton County. Sheriff Ezell Brown has held this post since 2008. He has supervised 260 employees and 500 jail inmates and has been considered a good steward of public monies, spending usually for community betterment.

Sheriff Brown is a professional law man with a long record of public service and a reputation for keeping a safe community. He has extensive managerial training and has held positions in patrol, investigations, SWAT, jail operations and arson investigations. He has investigated many sex crimes and is well recognized for his man contributions to the community and to the law enforcement profession. He constantly appears to speak at civic, church and school groups and is well-known as a civic-minded official.

The sheriff seeks fair compensation for his staff, promotes greater education opportunities and tries constantly to ensure the morale of his officers remains high. His accolades and awards are many and the Georgia Sheriff’s Association has sought to honor him by electing him as their vice president. Under Sheriff Brown’s leadership, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office has received the following national and state certifications and accreditations:

• Georgia State Chief of Police Certification, May 31, 2013 (state)
• National Commission on Correctional Health (NCCH), Feb. 2014 (national)
• Georgia State Chief of Police Certification, June 1, 2015

• American Correctional Association, Jan. 25, 2016 (national)
• Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies - Gold Standard for law enforcement, March 25, 2017 (national)

• Triple Crown, June 26, 2017 (national) • Georgia State Chief of Police Certification, Aug. 1, 2018
• Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Gold Standard for law enforcement recertification, Jan. 12, 2019.


Sheriff Brown is a graduate of Albany Technical University and attended Columbia State University’s Georgia Law Enforcement Professional Management Program. In 2011, he travelled to Israel for police training as an exchange student. Sheriff Brown holds dual certifications in law enforcement and arson investigation through Georgia Peace Officer and Firefighter Standards and Training Council. He holds an array of certifications and certificates of completion in law enforcement studies.

With Sheriff Brown’s professional status and his dedication to law enforcement and devotion to the people of Newton County, it seems to me that voters should return him to office. His record answers the question, “How do we vote?”


Editor’s note: Jack Simpson is an employee of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, a veteran, an author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each weekend in this newspaper.


Random Act of Kindness Initiative (By Deputies Who Care)

January 3, 2019

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were out and about during the holidays operating in a unique capacity. Yes, they were still be patrolling the streets of Newton County. However, they were definitely in Christmas spirit of giving. Sheriff Brown states, “since deputies will be on duty for Christmas, I would like to give them the ability to feel truly good about the work they do and to give back in the community through our Random Act of Kindness Initiative.

The mission of the Random Act of Kindness Initiative is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and citizens by offering a kind gesture when needed most. Our deputies will show our human relations side with one empathetic act of kindness at a time.

Though our duty is to enforce the law, we constantly encounter individuals who struggle with basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing, kids without diapers and milk each and every day. It is human nature to want to help. However, sometimes the deputies may not have the funds to assist. So rather than the deputies going into their own pockets, we created a program that gives them the ability to assist when they see the need is great.

Random Act of Kindness Success Stories:
#1- Deputy was dispatched to a suspicious person call at a store on Hwy 36 around 10 pm one night. The suspicious person so happen to be a homeless man who was cold, hungry and sleeping in an abandoned building. It was a very cold night so the deputy bought the man some food and 3 blankets and checked back in on him around 3am that morning to make sure he was alright.

#2- 2 deputies purchased groceries for a family who had absolutely no food in their home and no money to purchase any food.

#3- Older man was traveling to Augusta to visit his sick wife in the hospital. He lost his way and ended up about 100 miles out of the way and ran out of gas. He called me and simultaneously a police officer pulled up. I asked the police officer on scene to give some funds for gas and I would return it to him. But the officer only had $5 he was able to assist the man with which was only enough to get him off the road way. I then remembered I knew some people who lived in the area where he was and I contacted them to run the man some money to help him get on his way.

This program allows the deputies to assist by meeting some immediate needs of those who are hungry, homeless and/or shivering in the cold. We know we are unable to save the world. But we are able to provide a hot meal or clothing every now and again and that does make a difference to those who need it.

This program was initiated in 2018 over the holidays and is funded by anonymous private donors who believe in giving back.

If you would like to donate to this cause you may do so by sending your donations to Deputies Who Care-Random Act Of Kindness Initiative, 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, GA 30014

Ezell Brown, Sheriff



Sheriff Brown honored at black history gala

March 29, 2017

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown, an Early County native, was honored last month at the 5th annual Black History Scholarship Gala in Oxford.

Sheriff Brown was elected Newton County sheriff in 2008. His law enforcement career began in 1973 with the Covington police department. He joined the Newton County sheriff’s department in 1977.

Sheriff Brown was part of a 17-member delegation that traveled to Israel in 2011 to study counterterrorism, emergency management and other policing strategies from Israeli police.

Brown is a 1970 graduate of Washington High School and a 1972 graduate of Albany Tech. He is the son of the late Joseph and Wessie Brown of Blakely and is married to high school classmate Janice Carolyn Harris, also of Blakely.


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 and over 18,000 fifth graders have graduated from the program since its inception.

  The CHAMPS curriculum provides 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.
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  Take few moments to learn about initiatives started under Sheriff Brown's administration.
  • CHAMPS - 5th graders
  • Project Lifesaver
  • K-9 Unit Tracking Dogs
  • Crime Suppression Unit
  • Revitalized Community Watch
  • NCO Warrant Division