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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Training

De-escalation, Use of Deadly Force and Weapons Qualification
February 18, 19, 21, 22, 25-28, 2019
March 1, 4, 5-8, 2019

Begins at 0800 hours
Newton Sheriff Range Signup Sheet All mandated & detention deputies shall attend one of the days and qualify

 

Critical Tasks Part 1
March 11, 2019
0800-1700
Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center

 

Critical Tasks Part 2
March 12, 2019
0800-1700
Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center

 
Body Worn Camera
March 13, 2019
0800-0900
Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center
 
 
  Sheriff Brown photoSomething to Talk About:

It has been an honor and privilege to “serve and protect” as Sheriff for the citizens of this great county for 10 years.  The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has achieved many accolades over the years, and my desire is continuing the great work.  In order to do this, we first have to remember where we came from, recognize how far we have come and dedicate a plan in working together in the future.

In the year 2000, Newton County’s population was 62,884.  By 2007, about 1 ¾ years before my term began, the population had increased to 96,019 and was considered the 23rd most populated county in the State of Georgia. During that period, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office employed approximately 55 patrol deputies, which was far less than the required amount to efficiently serve the residents of this county.  In addition, Newton County has significantly lagged behind the market rate in salaries for more than 10 years.  In the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the county placed a freeze on all hiring, incentive pay, merit and cost-of-living increases for all its employees due to a downturn in the economy.  During that time, we were operating with a little over $19 million-dollar budget.  The Sheriff’s Office suffered a devastating loss of a little over 2 million dollars in budget funding and a decrease of 23 employees due to layoffs and budget cuts.  This resulted in NCSO operating on a $17 million-dollar budget.  This alone placed us on a non-competitive basis with surrounding counties.  As Sheriff of Newton County, I possessed the insight and resilience to develop a strategy to effectively address these challenges that would allow us to continue to provide a great level of protection for the citizens of Newton County.
How did we get here?  As Sheriff, I have and will continue to strive towards excellence for NCSO and its citizens. The goals towards excellence included becoming a gold standard agency, building a bridge between the community and law enforcement, creating safe communities and getting fair market pay and retirement for my employees.  I can truly say to the citizens of Newton County that our work together has yielded the fruit of excellence.  Currently, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office has not only attained the gold standard status we sought, we have bypassed it through attaining gold standards with all 3 national entities: National Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), American Correctional Accreditation (ACA), and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA), making us a “Triple Crown” agency with the National Sheriff’s Association.  We are one of 4 agencies out of 159 sheriff’s offices in Georgia with the distinction of Triple Crown, and the top 53 in the United States who have achieved this status.  Also, we have attained state certification through the Georgia Chiefs of Police.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has developed and successfully implemented an array of programs that assist in rehabilitating inmates prior to their release back into the community to include:  Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program, Creating Healthy Options Increase Choices to Effective Solutions (CHOICES), parenting, 12-Step Addiction Recovery, Mental Health Treatment, etc.  We are heavily involved in HOA neighborhood watch programs through our Community Outreach Division, and implemented programs that give back to the community such as:  Back to School Supply Giveaway, Sheriff’s Guardian Angels-Toy Ride and Toy Giveaway, feed the Hungry and the Random Act of Kindness Initiative by Deputies Who Care.  We have awareness and education programs such as Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) which has graduated over 19,000 5th graders, written literature to educate the elderly on fraud and scams and our community clean-up programs, which removed tons of litter from Newton County.

How we will excel in the future?  Working together on future endeavors for 2019 and beyond, our goal is to ensure that we continue to effectively and proficiently “serve and protect” the citizens of Newton County.  As we move forward, we will continue to maintain our level of excellence by retaining our national “Triple Crown” status.  We will continue to work toward bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement by providing elite training to all our employees, so that we possess the highest level of skilled personnel.  Through the use of modern technology and upgraded equipment, we will continue to combat crime, retain quality personnel and make sure we provide services that assist in the rehabilitation of inmates before releasing them back into the community.

I am proud of the citizens, deputies, first responders, business owners and community leaders in Newton County.  There is no other place I would rather be than right here with all of you.  Thank you for allowing me to be your Sheriff, and I look forward to our continued work together.

Sincerely,

Ezell Brown
Sheriff of Newton County
NCSO’s Highway Enforcement & Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Unit receives award
CRTEN Club photo

On December 14, 2018, Sheriff Ezell Brown and members of his staff hosted the monthly Central Region Traffic Enforcement Network (CRTEN) meeting.  During the meeting our HEAT Unit was acknowledged for their service and commitment to their jobs.  They were awarded the Participation of the Year Award for 2018. Congratulations to Deputies Damon Fray (far right), Katie Dreher (center) and Andrew Archie (left) for their exemplary service to the citizens of Newton County.

Sheriff Brown speaks at the Oxford Lions Club
Lions Club photo
Sheriff Ezell Brown was honored to serve as the Guest Speaker for the Lion’s Club on January 3, 2019.  He provided an overview of “Who We Are & What We Do” at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Brown informed the audience that we are a full-service Sheriff’s Office operating 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  He informed the audience that we are a state-of-the-art law enforcement agency, and the principal provider of law enforcement services in Newton County.

Sheriff Brown provided a brief description of each division of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, including the duties and responsibilities, goals, objectives and plans for the future.
Newton County Sheriff’s Office receives American Correctional Association (ACA) Recertification
ACA Award photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown, 1st Lt. Brice Smith, Lt. Selena Williams, Ms. Yvonne McMullen and Chairman Marcello Banes traveled to New Orleans, LA in January to attend the American Correctional Accreditation (ACA) conference to receive the Recertification Award.  This Recertification Award was a result of a very intense audit conducted at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, November 12-14, 2018. The onsite audit resulted in NCSO receiving a perfect score on all 300 standards.

Conference attendees were so impressed with the audit performance and subsequent accomplishments of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, that requests were made to observe the panel’s Q & A session held on January 12, 2019. Although the session is private and closed to the public, Sheriff Brown and ACA officials decided to allow those agencies with aspirations of mirroring NCSO’s performance to attend the Q & A session. Upon conclusion of the Panel Review session, NCSO officials received a standing ovation from the audience, as well as from the review panel.
Sheriff Brown attends Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Academy MLK photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown, along with various elected officials, community leaders, and clergyman were tasked to greet citizens attending the 34th annual Newton County Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The historical celebration in remembrance of Dr. King was held at Newton County High School on January 20, 2019.

Academy MLK photo
Georgia Sheriffs Winter Training Conference
Sheriff Conference photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown attended the annual conference that was held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center (Cobb Galleria) in Atlanta, GA on January 22-24, 2019. The conference featured specialized training and information regarding best practices, procedures, and current concerns of law enforcement relating to the Office of Sheriff.

Sheriff Brown gave the invocation at the conference that motivated the sheriffs daily beforeGovernor Kemp photo they began their sessions. One of the highlights of the conference was “Honoring the 2018 Fallen Officers in the State of Georgia; Chase Lee Maddox, Locust Grove PD, Anthony Christie, Savannah PD, Frank A. McClelland, Jr. ,Ludowici PD, Antwan DeArvis Toney, Gwinnett County PD, David Hall, Columbus PD (Retired), Edgar Isidro Flores, DeKalb County PD and Michael Wayne Smith, Henry County PD.

Elected officials that attended the conference include: Governor Brian Kemp and Attorney General Chris Carr. Both pledged their support toward law enforcement. Governor Kemp spoke on January 23, 2019 in reference to his pledge to support school safety, which is a tremendous asset to our School Resource officers. Also, he addressed funding for mental health and a variety of other topics which will support the Office of Sheriff in carrying out our fundamental duties. Attorney General Carr and Governor Kemp pledged their support in decreasing gang activities throughout the state by placing task forces to target gangs and gang related activities.
Sheriff Brown attends dedication ceremony
AG Center photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown attended the T.M. “Mort” Ewing Newton County AG Center Dedication on January 26, 2019, a state-of-the-art facility that will be used by citizens from Newton County and abroad.

AG Center photo
Facebook Data Center Site visit
Facebook photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown, along with elected officials and community leaders, attended the Facebook Data Center site visit on January 28, 2019. Visitors were offered to autograph one of the beams used to build one of the many buildings at the site. The Facebook Data Center assists Newton County in the advancement of technology as well as providing new careers. This event provided an opportunity to network with the key players of the Data Center.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Graduation
RSAT photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown and his staff hosted the 2nd RSAT graduation on January 31, 2019. The RSAT program targets inmates incarcerated in the Newton County Detention Center who experience substance abuse issues and who commit and demonstrate a desire to stop using illicit drugs and alcohol. Careful selection of inmates for participation in the program is critical to providing participants with the highest likelihood for a positive outcome which includes: abstinence from using substances, avoiding criminal behavior and successful reintegration into the community.
 
One of our graduates from the previous RSAT program returned to participate in the graduation ceremony. He had previously completed all of the requirements of the program and now is gainfully employed and providing for his family. This is a success story for NCSO because we know we are positively impacting lives.

The speaker for the occasion was Mr. Omar Howard who is the founder of “Freedom Is ARSAT 2 photo Choice Inc.”, located in Stone Mountain, GA. He is a successful entrepreneur with an incarceration history.  He uses his previous incarceration experiences as a tool for counseling and mentoring at risk youth and troubled adults for making decisions that will impact the balance of their lives.

Mr. Howard encouraged the graduates to PUSH, regardless of the obstacles they will face upon completion of their sentence. He referenced the story “Push Against the Rock.”  The moral of the story is obedience to the Lord’s instructions. The man pushed the rock day after day with no results and finally became discouraged. The adversary entered into the picture by placing negative thoughts in his mind. Eventually, the man decided to take his concerns to the Lord in prayer. He asked the Lord, “Why am I failing”? The Lord responded, “I told you your task was to push the rock, not to attempt to move the rock.”

Mr. Howard presented the graduates with 7 principles to pattern their lives: 1. Perseverance, 2. Excellence, 3. Work ethics, 4. Self-belief, 5. Discipline, 6. Vision and 7. Faith.

Sheriff Ezell Brown, Chief Jerry Carter, 1st Lt. Brice Smith, Chairman Marcello Banes, District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz, Superior Court Clerk Linda Hays, County Clerk Jackie Smith, and County Manager Lloyd Kerr spoke sincere words of inspiration to the graduates before they received their certificates.
 
Each graduate thanked the Sheriff, the Office of Sheriff and all participants that played a role in the RSAT program. They elaborated on how the program had been a positive influence in their lives.

NCSO participates in Community Events

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Program participated in many activities in the schools and communities during the month of January.

  • Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) Schools taught: Live Oak Elementary, East Newton Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Heard Mixon Elementary and Middle Ridge Elementary
    Graduation: Middle Ridge Elementary
  • City Council Meetings: Mansfield and Newborn
  • HOA/Neighborhood: Watch Meetings: Ellington/Silos and Westminster Subdivision
  • Activities/Events: Emmanuel Community Church and Hogg Hunters Awards Ceremony
Welcome To The Newton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mr. Anthony Simmons was hired on January 22, 2019 as a Deputy Sheriff. Mr. Simmons is a positive community role model.  He served in the Marine Corp and will always be a marine.  According to Mr. Simmons, the most important thing in the world to him is his family.
  • Mr. Shermaine Carlisle was hired on January 22, 2019 as a Detention Officer. He takes his job seriously and he stated that he’s always on time and ready for work.
  • Mr. Daniel Gassett was hired on January 22, 2019 as a Detention Officer. He stated that he is a hard worker and a devoted father of a new born baby girl.
Sheriff Brown and his staff extends a cordial welcome to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
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