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11th Annual NCSO Awards Ceremony          

March 6, 2020
Dinner starts @ 6:00pm
Ceremony begins @ 7:00pm
Newton County Career Academy/Porter Auditorium

  Sheriff Brown photoSomething to Talk About:

A New Year – A New Perspective
The New Year brings about new ideas, new goals and objectives and excitement. In the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.”

LEO Only travels to Covington, GA for Shopping Spree for Charlee White

Charlee Giveaway photo

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, LEO only traveled to Covington, Georgia for the express purpose of putting a smile on the face of a very special young lady by the name of Charlee White.  Charlee is the daughter of the late Deputy Justin Scott White, who on November 15, 2016, succumbed to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident while on patrol on October 30, 2016. 

LEO Only staff members, along with Sheriff Ezell Brown and members of his staff, Morgan Conner, mother of Charlee, and other family members, as well as an array of volunteers arrived at the Walmart Super Center, located at 10300 Industrial Blvd., Covington, GA 30014 to Christmas shop for Charlee. As Charlee strolled the aisles of her choice throughout the super center, one could observe the glee in her eyes and the beautiful smile on her face, as she selected toys of her desire.
LEO-ONLY is an organization with a focus of assisting children of slain and/or disabled law enforcement officers. The principal mission of LEO-ONLY is to raise funds in order to successively financially support children of fallen law enforcement officers on holiday shopping sprees. LEO-ONLY, with an understanding these young children have previously suffered a tremendous loss, their primary objective is therefore, to ensure they are not forgotten, especially during the holiday season.

The inception of LEO ONLY began in August of 2009. Sgt. Craig Polen’s best friend from high school and fellow Trooper, tragically committed suicide; consequently, Craig was searching for an outlet to discuss his emotions with fellow officers.  In 2013, he established a Facebook page, entitled LEO Only, which allowed fellow law enforcement officers an avenue to voice their sentiments and share their condolences.

Throughout the years, LEO Only has assisted numerous families of fallen officers with Christmas gifts, scholarships, food, clothing, medical supplies, and even provided a therapy dog for emotional support for an autistic child. Sheriff Brown and his staff were honored and delighted to participate in this most meaningful occasion.
Sheriff Brown attends Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Program

On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown attended and successively brought greetings at the 33rd Annual Newton County Commemorative Celebration of the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, which was held at the Newton County High School in Covington, Georgia. The key-note speaker for this wonderful occasion was the Honorable Judge, Eleanor Ross, the first African-American female appointed to the U.S, District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. During his salutations, Sheriff Brown, being the top law enforcement officer in the county, specifically talked about justice and safety for everyone. In 2010, Sheriff Brown was the recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Trailblazer Award, which is presented to forward-thinking citizens, who have succeeded in making a difference in the lives of the citizens.

Sheriff’ Brown Attends Georgia Sheriff’s Association Winter Training Conference
Georgia Sheriffs photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown attended the annual winter conference of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association on January 21-23, 2020.  This dynamic conference featured specialized training and intelligence with respect to best practices, procedures and current concerns of law enforcement, as they relate to the Office of Sheriff. Some of the training topics included, Liability and Confidentiality, Peer and Crisis Support for individuals experiencing distress, Law Enforcement Ethics, Post Shooting Syndrome, Officer Injury and Death, Organized Retail Crime, and Community Oriented Policing. At the conference, Sheriff Brown posed for a photo with Mr. Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and Crawford County Sheriff, Louis Walker.

Sheriff Brown Participates in Grandparents Kinship Support Event
Kinship photo

Sheriff Ezell Brown attended the Grandparents’ Kinship Support event at the Washington Street Community Center on Monday, January 27, 2020.  He briefly addressed the gathering and afterwards, he and his staff were presented with a lovely gift for their tremendous support by the event coordinator, Mrs. Gaither. Later, she recited a wonderful poem entitled, “Bitter Sweet.”  Sheriff Brown thanked Mrs. Gaither and her organization for their kindness, thoughtfulness, and the wonderful work the organization does in the Newton County community.

Sheriff Ezell Brown presents Deputy Jack Simpson with a 20-Year Distinguished Service Award

Jack Simpson photo

On Monday, January 27, 2020, Deputy Jack Simpson, the eldest certified peace officer in the nation, was recognized and presented with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award by Sheriff Ezell Brown for twenty (20) years of committed and dedicated service.
Deputy Simpson has served in the law enforcement profession in excess of fifty (50) years.

During this period, he served as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for twenty (20) years, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office for ten (10) years, and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for twenty (20) years.

Deputy Simpson has received numerous achievements and commendations throughout his many years of service to the law enforcement profession, both locally and nationally. On August 5, 2015, U.S. Fourth District Congressman Hank Johnson presented him with a special Congressional award for his extensive service to the law enforcement profession, and for being the eldest certified peace officer in the nation.

Deputy Simpson is a former educator, author and veteran law enforcement professional. From a historical perspective, he was employed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the Civil Rights era. Some of his notable assigned cases include, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Church bombings in Alabama, and the murder of Lemuel Penn, a 48-year old African American Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve, by James Lackey at the Broad River Bridge in Elbert County, Georgia. Deputy Simpson was successful in attaining a confession from James Lackey.

Deputy Simpson is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he assesses cold criminal cases. He continues to excel in his profession of passion, and positively impacts the lives of many.

Georgia Sheriffs and other Law Enforcement Officials meet with Governor Brian Kemp

Governor Kemp photo

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown, Georgia Sheriff’s Association Executive Director, Terry Norris, Georgia Sheriff’s Association President. Stacy Jarrard, GBI Director, Vic Reynolds and Sheriffs from various Georgia counties throughout the state, met with Governor Brian Kemp at the State Capitol to discuss specifics of his Anti-Gang initiative.

Gangs in Georgia are involved in numerous types of crimes, including, aggravated assault, firearms use, narcotics trafficking, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny, extortion and many others. Gangs operating throughout Georgia include, Bloods, Crips, Gangster Disciples, Ghost-Face, Aryan Brotherhood, Surenos and others.

There are in excess of 71,000 gang members in Georgia and Governor Kemp said recently “it’s time for them to find a new place to live.” Sheriff Brown agreed with the Governor and added, “What we’re primarily focusing on is criminal street gangs.”  He further stated, “Here in Newton County, there is definitely no home or safe-haven for gangs and their criminal activity.”

Sheriff Brown completely supports Governor Kemp’s gang initiative.  During this meeting, he and other Sheriffs expressed their willingness to work closely with the GBI and other law enforcement agencies in combatting gang activity and violence throughout the State of Georgia.

Sheriff Ezell Brown and Georgia Sheriff’s Association Executive Director Terry Norris Greet Korea-Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam Veterans photo

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Sheriff Ezell Brown and Georgia Sheriff’s Association Executive Director, Terry Norris greeted Korea-Vietnam veterans at the State Capital in Atlanta, Georgia. Afterwards, they posed for a photo and thanked them for their committed and dedicated service to this country.

NCSO participates in Community Events

Sheriff Brown and deputies of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Program were privileged to participate in numerous activities throughout the community during the month of January. Some of those endeavors included:

  • City Council Meetings: Cities of Mansfield and Newborn
  • Classes Taught: East Newton Elementary, Porterdale Elementary, Middle Ridge Elementary and West Newton Elementary Schools.
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