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  Sheriff Brown photoNewton County Sheriff’s Office Host its 9th Annual Halloween Shut-In

Newton County Sheriff’s Office hosted its 9th Annual Halloween Shut-In on October 31, 2015. The annual shut-in started in 2006 by Sheriff Ezell Brown; Georgia State Board of Pardon and Parole; and Georgia Department of Corrections Probation Operations.

Sex offenders who are currently on parole or probation are required to be under supervision at the mandatory event from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., which is considered peak “trick-or-treat” hours. The intent of the event is to keep the high risk sex offenders from having any contact with children on Halloween night, update official records, review compliance issues and inform them of any new and/or revised laws.

The program included guest speaker, the Honorable Judge Horace Johnson, Jr., whom has been a constant speaker since the program’s inception and Tabitha Rogers with the District Attorney’s Office. During the shut-in Judge Johnson clearly explains the prosecutorial process of sex offenders. The District Attorney’s Office explains laws related to sex offenders and facilitate a question and answer session. Sheriff Brown addresses sex offenders’ behavior and the impact on family, friends, the community and lawmakers.   

Sheriff Brown is credited with creating NCSO Sex Offender Residential Mapping System and has traveled throughout Georgia to advocate for implementation of a statewide mapping system. Sheriff Brown “believes education and cooperation is the key to safeguard some sex offenders from incarceration.” 

Newton County currently has 250 registered sex offenders. All registered sex offenders are listed on the NCSO website, Sex Offender Registry.
Newton County Sheriff’s Office Annual Halloween Candy Patrol

Halloween is the 3rd most popular holiday in America and whether you’re a child or adult, we all know this holiday is all about the C&C, Costumes and Candy. Unfortunately, harmful individuals can dampened the spirit of the night.  NCSO Annual Candy Patrol allows for a fun and safe environment to bring the entire family on Halloween night. CHAMPS, Community Outreach, Explorers and Community Policing Divisions joined forces to support this effort with treats at Covington Square and Newton Plaza so parents can feel safe to bring their children out to enjoy a day designed for family fun. We passed out over 65,000 pieces of Halloween candy on Saturday, October 31, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Sheriff Brown believes “it is important that NCSO connect with children and families; so they have a positive image
of law enforcement.”.

Sheriff Brown Is Recognized for his Community Involvement Efforts


October is National Domestic Violence Month and Sigma Theta Sorority selected the Theme “Domestic Violence Should Not Happen to Anyone, Ever, Period”. The recently chartered Covington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. honored Sheriff Ezell Brown with the Community Service Award at the Domestic Violence program and vigil scheduled October 16, 2015. The event was held at the square in the city of Covington and included a number of events and activities such as a guest speaker, spoken word, dance and other talent from the community to highlight the importance of community involvement, education and awareness.

On October 24, 2015 Sheriff Ezell Brown was again recognized with a Community Service Award from the Enclave Community. The Enclave neighborhood watch program was conceived by the HOA three years ago and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office has participated in all community events since the day of inception.

The inscriptions on the award reads: In Recognition of Outstanding Excellence, Honoring Sheriff Ezell Brown and Staff. With great appreciation for keeping our community safe, Thank you for going above and beyond serving the Enclave Community”
C.H.O.I.C.E.S: Creating Healthy Options Increase Choices to Effective Solutions

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office graduated 14 inmates (9 female,5 male) on October 8, 2015 through the C.H.O.I.C.E.S Program. The purpose of the program is to help inmates begin to make good choices by changing their everyday habits and way of thinking. The goals are to bring understanding, to allow choices to be made, and to explore new horizons. The course starts with having them identify with how they got into their current situation and escalates training throughout the weeks to construct a plan of action for making better choices in life.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office Receives Perfect Scores On National Accreditation Audit

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office will be federally accredited by the American Correctional Association after receiving perfect scores across the board during the audit on November 2-4, 2015. Auditors Cheryl Turner, David Galione and Jose Martinez visited and assessed the facility through audits, reviews, hearings and evaluations to ensure the Agency was in compliance with nationally established standards.

The entire inspection was based upon 383 standards that consisted of 60 mandatory standards that involved life, health, and safety issues. Those had to pass inspection with a score of 100 percent. The 323 non-mandatory standards had to be passed with a score of 80 percent. The Newton C

ounty Sheriff’s Office received a score of 100 percent on mandatory and 100 percent on non-mandatory standards and will officially be awarded the accreditation in January 2016 at the American Correctional Association (ACA) winter conference.

Sheriff Ezell Brown proudly states, “We have been preparing for this day for almost two years. We initiated this accreditation process because attaining this badge of honor would be another step in achieving our office’s ultimate mission. Our goal is to be recognized as a professional organization that values, respects and honors the rights and dignity of each person we are called upon to serve.”
The Act of “Giving” During Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is that time of the year when people truly take a minute to reflect and give thanks for what has been given. Sheriff Ezell Brown chose this time to make sure he thank and show appreciation to his over 250 plus staff by providing turkeys as part of his way to wish all Sheriff’s Office employees and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.

In addition to turkey giving, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and Sellars Motors partnered with Newton County Ministers Union to feed over 1,000 people during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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