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Firearms Training Schedule for February
& March 2020:

De-escalation, Community Policing,
Use of Deadly Force and All Issued Weapons Qualification

All Mandated Deputies shall attend an all day training on one of the following dates: February 17-18 -19-20-21-24-25-26-27-28, 2020. March 2-3-4-5-6, 2020.         

Court Security Personnel:
February 29, 2020.

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Sheriff Ezell Brown’s Tribute to Retired Assistant Police Chief, and Newton County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Almond Turner

As Sheriff of Newton County, Georgia, I want to take this opportunity to convey my sincere condolences to the family of retired City of Covington Assistant Police Chief and Newton County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Almond Turner, who unexpectedly transitioned from earth to Glory on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Over forty-six years ago, Chief Turner and I began our law enforcement journey at the Covington Police Department. At the time, neither of us knew the ranks we would achieve. I left the Department; but our career paths were sealed forever. In 1979, Sheriff Gerald Malcolm and Police Chief Bobby Moody formed the original Newton County/Covington SWAT Team. Almond Turner, Willie Davis, and Tim Allen, represented the City of Covington; and Dale Reed, Joe Nichols, and I represented the County. These six individuals formed a lifelong brotherhood, and this joining of forces set a positive precedent in our community. We investigated cases together, uniting our crime-solving skills. We mentored many individuals together to ensure that there was diversity in law enforcement. Upon retirement, he became a member of our Reserve Deputy Unit.

Almond and I didn’t just “serve and protect” the community, we served together at, and on behalf of Bethlehem Baptist Church. We were members of the music and trustee ministries, and were ordained as deacons at the same time. Upon uniting with Springfield Baptist Church, he became Chief of Security, using his law enforcement skills for the Lord. In addition to being my personal friend and brother, he was a trusted friend and colleague to law enforcement throughout the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area, the State of Georgia and the nation as a whole.

Chief Turner was not only a consummate law enforcement professional, he was an incredibly compassionate Christian, a committed and dedicated church choir member, a faithful church deacon, and most importantly, a beloved servant of the Most-High God. He was an elected official and public servant. He exemplified the true essence of gentleness, kindness and love for his lovely wife, children and grandchildren; love for his law enforcement family, and love for the children, families and staff of the Newton County School System, and possessed unconditional love for this community. These prodigious attributes will forever be cherished.

Prior to Almond Turner’s demise, Sheriff Brown had elevated him to the position of Investigator with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Almond Turner unaffectedly lived by the words of that famous hymn, which says: “If I can help somebody as I pass along; If I can cheer somebody with a word or a song; If I can show somebody he or she is traveling wrong, then my living shall not be in vain.”

I can imagine that Almond Turner, as he did in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Male Chorus, singing the words to a song, written by renowned gospel artist John P. Key, which read, “I shall see Him for myself; I shall meet Him in the air; after the dead in Christ shall rise, we that are still alive, Jesus will welcome me home. He'll welcome me; He'll welcome me.” Yes, Almond, He welcomed you home.

Sheriff’s Fall Training Conference

Sheriff Ezell Brown attended the Georgia Sheriff’s Association Fall Training Conference, October 14-16, 2019. This dynamic conference provided specialized training and information regarding best practices, procedures and current concerns of law enforcement, specifically relating to the Office of Sheriff.

Sheriff Brown appointed to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board (SORRB)
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On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Sheriff Ezell Brown was appointed to the Sexual Offender Registration Review Board by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. Sheriff Brown traveled to the Georgia State Capital in downtown Atlanta for the swearing-in ceremony. The SORRB determines if a sex offender will be classified as a Level One Offender, Level Two Offender or a Sexual Dangerous Predator.

Prior to being elected as Sheriff of Newton County, he was assigned by his predecessor to manage and supervise the Sex Offender Registry.  During that period, Newton County, as well as several other counties did not maintain a mapping system to determine the residential, employment or institution of higher learning locations where sex offenders might reside, work or attend college.  Being a visionary with tremendous skills, Sheriff Brown initiated such program with the sophistication that allowed him to track the location of sex offenders, by using a pin map system. Sheriff Brown, along with Mr. Ernie Smith of GIS Services of Newton County, developed the first 36 X 36 pin map process and later discovered the information could be integrated into a web-based system that could be published online for community access.  Sheriff Brown and Mr. Smith then began traveling throughout the state to assist other agencies with the implementation of the mapping system with tremendous success.

Sheriff Brown played a pivotal role in some of the landmark sex offender cases in Georgia. He was subpoenaed to testify in federal court on several of the most challenging cases regarding sex offenders not being able to reside within 1,000 feet of a bus stop.
New NCSO Deputies Graduate from Mandate School

On Friday, October 25, 2019, the following new NCSO Deputies graduated from Mandate School at the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy, located in Austell, Georgia:  Mr. John R. Smith and Mr. Eric D. Threets.

In attendance at the graduation were, Lieutenant Paul Gunter and Deputy Tim Smith. Sheriff Brown administered the Oath of Office to the Deputies upon their return to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters.
Halloween Celebration
Halloween Ellingtons photo

NCSO Deputies attended a Halloween event at the Ellingtons and Enclaves communities on Thursday, October 31, 2019. They celebrated this joyful celebration by providing treats to everyone, as well as entertaining children.

NCSO host the 13th Annual Halloween Shut-In for registered sex offenders

On Thursday, October 31, 2019, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Department of Community Supervision, hosted the 13th Annual Halloween Shut-In for registered sex offenders. This event was held at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office headquarters from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Deputy Veronica Williams, along with State Probation and Parole hosted the annual event for sex offenders under supervision.

The goal is to ensure that high-risk sex offenders are in a controlled and appropriately supervised environment, while children travel throughout communities of Newton County, with family and friends to have fun and participate in other activities.
During this event, sex offenders listened to presentations from guest speakers, which included Newton County Sheriff, Ezell Brown, the Honorable Judge Horace Johnson Jr. with the Superior Court of Newton County, and Assistant District Attorney Binford Bramblett with the District Attorney’s Office.

The sex offenders received valuable information from the guest speakers, as well as words of encouragement.  One of the central objectives was to ensure they are knowledgeable and in total compliance with the sex offender laws.

Currently, there are 304 sex offenders registered in Newton County. A listing of current registered sex offenders can be accessed and viewed online on NCSO’s website - www.newtonsheriffga.org.
Sheriff Ezell Brown Meets with the Georgia Secretary of State
Secretary photo

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Sheriff Ezell Brown met with Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger to discuss specifics of the new voting machines. The meeting also focused on the role and level of assistance the Newton County Sheriff’s Office provides with respect to ensuring that every vote casted will be counted. During the meeting, Sheriff Brown offered his assistance to Secretary Raffensperger if needed.

He further assured the Secretary of State that all early voting and voting day precincts throughout Newton County will be completely secured by Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Host Justin White Memorial Program
Justin White tribute photo

On Friday, November 8, 2019, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Commemorative Service in honor of the late Deputy Justin Scott White, who on November 15, 2016, succumbed to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident on October 30, 2016 while on patrol.  In attendance were members of Justin’s immediate family, his law enforcement family, other relatives and friends.

The theme of this solemn occasion was “True Blue.” The purpose statement read, “To honor the memory of a fallen hero for his commitment, dedication, and invaluable service to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the outstanding citizens of Newton County.

November 15, 2019 marked the 3rd anniversary of Deputy Justin White’s transition; therefore, on this day, he was memorialized as a deputy, father, son, grandson and loved one.  Justin White was the first deputy in the history of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to lose his life in the line of duty; therefore, it is a future goal of NCSO to ensure a continuous recognition of the many sacrifices he made on behalf of this agency.

Sheriff Brown presented commemorative folded flag chains to the family of Deputy Justin White, engraved with the Scripture, John 15:15, which states, “Greater love has no one than this; to lay down his life for one’s friend.” Additionally, he instructed Chief Deputy Jerry Carter to distribute the commemorative tags to all Newton County Sheriff’s Office sworn personnel, engraved with the Scripture, Matthew 5:9 which reads, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”

Sheriff Brown apprised the family of Deputy White that his legacy has been placed in the nation’s history; inscribed on the Fallen Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.; at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Historic Newton County Courthouse.

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the entire Newton County Sheriff’s Office took this opportunity to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the total family of Deputy Justin White for their attendance, collaboration and kindness.  As Sheriff Brown so eloquently stated during the ceremony, “Justin’s family will forever be in our thoughts, prayers and most importantly, our hearts. We love you dearly!”
Those family members in attendance included, his daughter Charlee White and her mother, Mr. Morgan Walker, Ms. Addie Jo White, Ms. Connie White, Ms. Cassandra Mitchell, Mr. Jerry Rogers, Ms. Patricia Rogers, Corporal Wesley Dickerson and Investigator Christopher Bowles.

A special thanks was extended to all Commemorative service program participants, which included, Chaplain David Moody, Chaplain James Roach, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Honor guard, Judge Melanie Bell, and retired United States Army Colonel David Dodd with Point 27, who provided commemorative folded flags and dog tags.
Grand Opening of the Westside Precinct
Westside opening photo

On Thursday, November 19, 2019, Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Grand Opening of the new Westside Precinct and Annex where Pastor Thomas Stegall was the guest speaker for this inspiring occasion. Approximately seventy-five persons were in attendance, including elected officials, members of the faith-based community, business owners, and representatives of local law enforcement agencies, community leaders, the local media, and family and friends of law enforcement.  Sheriff Brown opened the program by saying, “I was elated when we opened the first precinct on the Westside in year 2013; however, I am even more proud today for the expansion of the precinct, as well as the services we are bringing to this side of the County. I am pleased to inform the citizens that the Tax Commissioner’s Office and Tax Assessors Office will also be located here to provide services to the community. He went on to say, “This has been a long time coming. With approximately 65-70% of the population residing on the Western part of the County, it was only a matter of time before this need was met.”

Sheriff Brown stated, “I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to my staff, who made this possible; especially the construction team, including Brandon, Brad, Bud, as well as all those who worked with them.”  He said, “We take on these projects all the time and by doing so, save the County thousands of dollars.”

Sheriff Brown also thanked the attendees, who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the grand opening of the Westside Precinct and Annex. He conveyed a special thanks to Ms. Debbie Harper, Newton County Commission Chairman Marcello Banes, Commissioner Nancy Schultz, District 3 representative, Newton County School Board District 4 representative, Mr. Almond Turner, Chaplain David Moody, Pastor Eric Wendel Lee, Sr., Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia and Guest Speaker, the Reverend Thomas Stegall, Senior Pastor of the Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, Covington, Georgia.
Sheriff Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office participate with the “Be FIT Initiative”
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The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Newton County Senior Center partnered with the FIT Factory, Inc. for a Be Fit Initiative, which occurred on Monday, November 18, 2019. This event was conducted at the Turner Lake Complex, located at 6185 Turner Lake Rd NW, Covington, GA 30014.

Be Fit is a program, dedicated to the well-being of senior citizens, as well as assisting them in remaining healthy through a balanced diet, remaining active, and protecting themselves from fraud and scams. The event serviced approximately eighty-four (84) senior citizens that participated in an exercise course. Afterwards, the participants were presented with food bags jam-packed with various fruits and vegetables. Sheriff Brown spoke on the importance of staying healthy and active. Later he distributed pamphlets to the attendees regarding fraud and scams, as well as how to establish effective neighborhood watch programs.
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT)
RSAT Graduation photo

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office conducted its seventh RSAT Graduation ceremonial at 12:30 pm. This event occurred at the Newton County Historic Courthouse, located at 1132 Usher Street, N.W., Covington, Georgia. The guest speaker for this magnificent occasion was Ms. McKenzie Crowe, a local and promising Newton County resident. 
The Graduation Ceremony commenced with opening remarks by Sheriff Ezell Brown. He stated, “I have been in law enforcement an excess of four decades and during the initial stages of my career, I thought my responsibilities only entailed locking them up and throwing away the key. Over the course of many years however, I have learned that in order to build and sustain wholesome, positive communities, change is an absolute necessity.” Sheriff Brown continued by saying, “it is my responsibility and a principal objective to make a difference in every life I come in contact with.” He avowed, this is fundamental because he has come to the realization that if he can play a vital role in changing one person, that is a person an agency like his will not be forced to deal with in the future. He went on to say that “without programs similar to this, a significant number of individuals would be continuously returning to detention facilities on a monthly and/or annual basis.”
According to Sheriff Brown, since the initiation of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office RSAT Program, an excess of forty-five (45) individuals have graduated and are currently gainfully employed. He affirmed, “thanks to the wonderful volunteers, the program is a complete success; we possess identical positive feelings about the program.”

Sheriff Brown closed his remarks by telling the graduates, “Always remember, bad company corrupts good character.”

The guest speaker, Ms. McKenzie Crowe conveyed a very passionate message to the graduates. She reflected on her experiences as an alcohol abuser and the pitfalls associated with same. She stated her parents divorced when she was six years of age and consequently, this created an injurious effect on her life. She censured herself for her parents’ divorce and ultimately experienced austere depression. According to Ms. Crowe, at the age of fifteen, she began attending parties and experimenting with alcohol. At the age of sixteen, she became a senior in high school, which was one of her best years. She possessed an “A” average, became a member of the homecoming court, a cheerleader, and ultimately, became a motor vehicle operator. She stated her life was so positive at this point she could not possibly fathom anything negative occurring; however, she was wrong. At the age of seventeen, one night she attended a small “get-together, approximately twenty-six miles from her home. Little did she know this particular night would be a very distressing and devastating one. While at the “get-together, she consumed alcoholic beverages and after allowing the effects of same to subside, departed the location, driving her vehicle. She affirmed that on the twenty-fourth mile of her twenty-six-mile trip home, she was involved in an automobile accident, which took the life of another motorist. Ms. Crowe said, not only the life of another motorist was destroyed, her own life was totally shattered. She realized she had made a tremendous mistake. Ms. Crowe stated on November 4, 2013, she was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and she was required to serve three years.

In conclusion of her speech, Ms. Crowe stated to the graduates, “It is ok to mess up; ok to stumble, but get up, stand up, look up and be up.”

RSAT Class #7, consisted of the following individuals: Mr. Anthony Lee Dean, Sr., Mr. Cody Edwards, Mr. Naquan Harley and Mr. Jamie Lee Thomas. Upon receipt of their diplomas, each graduate provided remarks regarding their experiences as a result of the RSAT program.

Prior to the conclusion of the program, Chairman Marcello Banes addressed the audience and graduates.  He thanked Sheriff Brown for providing the graduates with another chance to make a fresh start in life. He told the graduates, “You now have another chance to return to communities to make a difference. He also advised them to visit the county’s website to determine if there are positions of interest available and if so, apply for same.
Sheriff Brown Serves as Guest Speaker at the Rockdale Rotary Club
Rotary Graduation photo

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Sheriff Ezell Brown served as guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the Rockdale County Rotary Club. This meeting was held at the Rockdale Medical Center, located at 1412 Milstead Ave NE, Conyers, GA 30012.  During Sheriff Brown’s address to the membership, he focused on the positive working relationship between the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

He also expounded on the difference between local and state law enforcement, as well as the functions and responsibilities of each. He talked about the coordinated efforts between local and state law enforcement jurisdictions in addressing crime activities and patterns in order to ensure the safety of communities, businesses and faith-based institutions throughout the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan area. He also talked about the importance of information sharing among local sheriffs and sheriffs throughout the nation. Afterwards, Sheriff Brown addressed questions from the membership and other attendees.
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office Unveils New Tek84 Intercept Body Scanner
Body Scanner photo

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Sheriff Ezell Brown unveiled the Tek84 Intercept Body Scanner at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. The scanneris the latest technology to assist in ensuring the safety of deputies, detention officers and other personnel at the detention center. Newton County is the second detention center in Georgia to receive the $149,000 scanner.

The Tek84 Intercept Body Scanner provides a high-resolution scan of the full body, including the abdomen, in a single image.  Intercept complies with the ANSI N43-17 Federal standard for both General-Use (daily screening) and Limited-Use (weekly screening).

Unlike other systems that move a subject horizontally on a platform or conveyor belt, each person enters the scanner and stands motionless for 4 seconds.

Intercept has no magnification or distortion which leads to better and easier identification of contraband.

The addition of the scanner to the booking process is intended to reduce the chance that any contraband makes it past the booking process. Additionally, it reduces the time required to search an individual being booked into or returning from a trip to the courthouse, the hospital or a work detail.

“The scanner is much less intrusive than the comparable strip search used by most jails today.”
A strip search can take about 15 minutes. The scan takes only a few seconds.

The Tek84 Intercept Body Scanner was installed at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center and personnel began use on October 8, 2019.
Thanksgiving 2019

Sheriff Ezell Brown and his staff gladly take this opportunity to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Sellers Inc. for their kindness in providing turkeys for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office employees and their families for Thanksgiving.

Sellars, Inc., in cooperation with the Newton County Ministers Union and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office provided an excess of one thousand meals to the homeless community of Newton County on Thanksgiving Day.
NCSO participates in Community Events

Sheriff Brown and deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Program participated in the following events during the months of October and November: 

  • Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.) Graduations: Flint Hill Elementary and Fairview Elementary
  • City Council Meetings: Mansfield and Newborn
  • HOA/Neighborhood Watch Meetings: Ellington Subdivision,  Preakness Subdivision, River Watch Subdivision, Underwood Subdivision and Windcrest Subdivision
  • Schools taught: Fairview Elementary, Flint Hill Elementary, Theme School, Oak Hill Elementary, Livingston Elementary, Mansfield Elementary, Heard Mixon Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, Theme School and South Salem Elementary
Activities/Events: Red Oak Early Education;  “Stranger Danger,” Faith of Jesus Ministries,  “October Fest,” Halloween at the Enclave, Washington Street Grandmothers, “Drug Take Back”- Salem Road Walmart, Team Taylor Walk, Home Depot “Kids Day,” Mount Zion AME Mansfield, GS Troop 17016 “Kids Safety”- Mount Zion First Baptist Church, Abiding Grace -“Fall festival,” Halloween at The Ellingtons, YMCA (Stone Road) Kids Safety, Car Show-Kmart Parking Lot; American Legion,” Gun Buy Back – Bethlehem Baptist Church and “Change the World”- Covington First United Methodist. Veterans Elementary “Stranger Danger”, Fall Festival Newton County Parks, Car Show-Kmart Plaza, UFO Fall Festival Legion Field, Mt. Zion First Baptist-Fall festival, Gun Buy Back Program, Square on Square-Legion Field, Drug Give Back – Walmart Hazelbrand, Battle of the Badges Blood Drive-Oakhill Elementary, Fit Bodies-Turner Lake and Toy Ride- Church of Covington
Welcome To The Newton County Sheriff’s Office
Mr. Randall Thompson was employed as a Deputy Sheriff on October 18, 2019. He is extremely adaptable and easygoing.  Mr. Thompson enjoys sports and viewing television series related to law enforcement.

Ms. Lashina McKay was employed as a Detention Officer with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office on October 18, 2019. She is formerly an employee with the Miami Dade (FL) Corrections and Rehabilitation Department.

Mr. Lamar Johnson was employed as a Detention Officer on October 28, 2019. He enjoys physical training and billiard sports.

Mr. Devin Prad was employed as a Detention Officer on October 28, 2019.  He is a four-year veteran of the United States Army, and was stationed at the Fort Richardson Army Base, located in Anchorage, Alaska. Sheriff Brown and his Staff are honored to have you a part of this Triple Crown Agency!
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