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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Training

Taser/ Less Lethal        

June 23, 2020
0800-1200 Taser(LEC)
1300-1700 Less Lethal
(Eastside Precinct)

 

Crime Sceane Managemanet, Report Writing, Pursuits, Courtroom Testimony/ Demeanor        

June 24,2020
0800-1700 (LEC)
Newton County Law Enforcement Center

 

Search and Seizure, Structure Clearing.        

June 25,2020
1300-1700 (Eastside Precinct)

 
Crime aganist children, Death Investigations, Gang Investigations.

June 26,2020

0800-1700 (LEC) All Day

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Sheriff Brown photoSomething to Talk About:

May Newsletter 2020

May acts as the bridge between spring and summer, indicating warmer weather for those still clasped in spring’s grasp, while heating things up for those currently off to a good start. Unfortunately, the month of May was marred by civil unrest throughout the nation as a result of the arrest and subsequent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25th.

Civil unrest, also known as civil disturbance or civil disorder, is an activity arising from a mass act of civil disobedience — such as demonstrations, riots, or strike — in which participants become hostile toward authority. In response, authorities incur difficulties in maintaining public safety and order.

The death of George Floyd on May 25th triggered unprecedented protests against police brutality across the United States, including the city of Covington.

“Allow me to say that I detest the atrocious conduct of the law enforcement officers involved in this case; they should be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law;” said Sheriff Ezell Brown in a May 30th statement, which can be viewed in its entirety at the end of this month’s newsletter.

Sheriff Brown announces opening of the new Eastside Precinct

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Office Eastside Precinct opened to the public on Tuesday, March 10th.

“The new Eastside Precinct will help us serve our community better by providing a location for citizens of Mansfield, Newborn, and nearby areas to file and retrieve reports without having to drive to our main headquarters at 15151 Alcovy Road in Covington,” announced Sheriff Ezell Brown. “I want to take the opportunity to thank the Mansfield Mayor GW Davis Jr., Newborn Mayor Gregg Ellwanger, and all city council members for their efforts in ensuring all citizens have access to the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office.”

Located at 5 West First Street in Mansfield, the Eastside Precinct is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays and weekends, and can be contacted by phone at 770-243-8227. Citizens are encouraged to utilize this location to pick up accident or incident reports, file reports, talk to a deputy regarding any and all concerns, community outreach, and electronic background checks.

Sgt. Dale Shirley, Sgt. James Fountain, and Susan Gray, administration tech, were assigned to the Eastside Precinct to help protect, preserve, and uphold the constitutional rights of all citizens. All day to day operations are overseen by Lt. Tom Kunz.

In the near future, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to celebrate the new precinct with a ribbon-cutting.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office holds ninth RSAT graduation

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On Friday, May 8th, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office graduated three participants from its ninth Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program in a small ceremony held inside the jail’s courtroom.

The Sheriff’s Office changed how it conducted the ninth RSAT graduation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of a room filled with family and friends, the graduates were met with the staff who provided them with the tools required to succeed in life. The staff in attendance was kept to the required minimum.

Social distancing was practiced and masks were worn during the ceremony.

Sheriff Ezell Brown recognized the graduates’ accomplishments in a short speech before handing out the diplomas with little contact.

“We are proud of all three of you gentleman for everything you’ve accomplished in this program. Moving forward, we expect for you to take what you’ve learned here and use it to succeed in the next chapter of your life,” said Sheriff Brown. “This program would not be possible without our partners, staff, judges, District Attorney’s Office, and the Superior Court. Even though they could not be here today due to these unprecedented times, they are the reason why we keep doing this program. Without their support, this program would not be successful."

Sheriff Brown is passionate about investing in the recovery and improvement process of those who have lost their way, which is why Newton County was the third to offer the RSAT program in the metro-Atlanta area beginning in 2018. Gwinnett and Rockdale counties also offer the program.

The Baptist Tabernacle of Covington donates gift cards and snacks to Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office

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On Wednesday, May 13th, Pastor Dr. David Moody and The Baptist Tabernacle of Covington donated gift bags to Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and his staff. Each gift bag included snacks and a gift card to Chick-Fil-A.

“On behalf of the many members of The Baptist Tabernacle of Covington, I want to thank Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for their selfless sacrifices during this time of unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pastor Dr. Moody. “As our county’s frontline first responders, we wanted to show our sincere appreciation by giving all of them a gift bag, including a gift card to Chick-Fil-A. May God bless all of those who continue to serve our communities.”

In addition to being a pastor, Moody also serves the Sheriff’s Office as the Chaplain to the Sheriff.

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Chaplain Moody and all members of The Baptist Tabernacle of Covington for their generous donation of gift cards and snacks,” said Sheriff Brown. “Our staff and I are most appreciative of your support.”

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office recognize high school graduates in neighborhood parade

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Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, alongside various community members, recognized 17 Newton County High School graduates in a parade on Saturday, May 16th, at The Enclave in Covington. The graduation parade was hosted by The Enclave at Gross Lake HOA Board and Charmel Cushion.

Community members present in the parade included the Newton County Fire Department, Newton County High School teachers and administration staff, Newton County Schools Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey and staff, Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker, and District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz.

The graduates recognized in the parade were:
• Kirsten Brown
• Nicholas Archibald
• Jazzmine Rockett
• Aniyah Young
• Micah Bryant
• Micheal Bryant
• Christin Brown
• Quintorris Price
• Chaniyah Glass
• Ciara Smith
• Chelsea Frances
• Porschea Johnson
• Toddtray Booker
• Issac Thortont
• Maka'ya Cushion
• Roman Jacobs
• William Morrison

“The Newton County Sheriff’s Office and I commend all 2020 graduates for their academic achievement,” said Sheriff Ezell Brown. “We know this is not the ceremony you planned for; however, we hope this parade showed the amount of support you have in this community today, tomorrow, and years to come. We wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life. Congratulations, class of 2020 graduates.”

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office participate in Creekview Heights graduation parade

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On Saturday, May 23rd, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, alongside various community members and leaders, were invited by the Creekview Heights community to recognize 17 high school graduates in a parade.

“I congratulate the graduating class of 2020 on their well-deserved success,” said Sheriff Brown. “I commend each and every one of you on your academic achievement and wish you the best on your future endeavors. Congratulations and well done, class of 2020 graduates.”

Community members and leaders present in the parade included the Newton County Fire Department, Newton County Fire Rescue, Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz, Newton County High School teachers and administration staff, and Newton County School System staff.

Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office recognize Alcovy High School graduate in drive-by parade

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On Sunday, May 24th, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office participated in a drive-by graduation for Alcovy High School class of 2020 graduate, Coy Mullen.

Nearly one hundred community members showed up to commend Mullen on his academic achievement and to wish him luck in his next academic journey. Mullen has planned to attend Roosevelt Warm Springs in Warm Springs, Georgia, where he will study business management.

“I am honored to have participated in the drive-by graduation for Coy Mullen. I have been a mentor in Coy’s life for years,” said Sheriff Brown. “I knew him; he would come over and take photos for me. I wish him all the best in his next endeavors at Roosevelt Warm Springs. Congratulations, Coy.”

The drive-by parade was coordinated by one of the Mullen family’s neighbors.

Statement from Sheriff Ezell Brown regarding the George Floyd incident

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In view of the incident that occurred in the City of Minneapolis on May 25th, where a group of police officers allegedly killed an unarmed African-American male by the name of George Floyd, I have been approached and received calls from a number of citizens requesting my position on this matter as the Sheriff of Newton County.

Allow me to say that I detest such conduct on the part of law enforcement officers and feel that the involved officers in this case should be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law.

This weekend, my 12-year-old granddaughter, who has been actively involved with our organization, questioned the events leading up to the death of George Floyd. I had to reassure my own family that my deputies and I would never conduct such actions on another individual, which has been one of the most difficult things I’ve done in my law enforcement career.

The deputies employed with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are expertly trained in apprehension and arrest procedures. In addition, they receive countless hours of training on an annual basis in the use of force to execute a lawful arrest.

As the Sheriff of Newton County, I will not tolerate such arrest procedures as those used by the police officers in the George Floyd incident in Minneapolis.

My sincere prayers and condolences are extended to the family of George Floyd as a result of this atrocious and most unfortunate incident.

 

Ezell Brown, Sheriff

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