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» Message from the Sheriff

The goal of Newton County Sheriff’s Office 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. Through collaborative efforts, we are committed to improving the quality of life in our community.”

On the night of November 4, 2008, the Newton County citizens elected Ezell Brown as their Sheriff for the Newton County Sheriff’s Office. On that historic evening, Brown responded to the citizens by saying, "I feel great. I feel like the citizens did the right thing. We made a lot of promises to the citizens of Newton County and I plan on making them come true."

Sheriff Brown took office in January 2009. In less than 8 months, he moved forward quickly to implement several programs to improve the functions of the Sheriff’s Office and improve the quality of  life in Newton County.

Sheriff Brown’s accomplishments include:
  • Revitalized the Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Implemented a Crime Watch Program (Goal is to have every community participating)
  • Created an Internal Affairs Division
  • Created an Office of Professional Standards Division (Policies and Standard Operating Procedures)
  • Created a Community Outreach Liaison
  • Initiated the C.H.A.M.P.S Program (Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods while Promoting Safety) C.H.A.M.P.S is a sequel to DARE
  • Created a Drug Suppression Unit (focus on criminal acts)
  • Created a Fleet Watch Program (business involvement in fighting crime, observation) 2010 
  • Created a Crime Suppression Unit
  • Expanded the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (focus on crime trends within the county)
  • Implemented 12 Hours Shifts (increase the number of deputies on the road)
  • Created a Fatherhood Program
  • Awarded Grant funds of over $1,901,758
  • Purchased an additional K-9 dog (human tracking)
  • Purchased an additional motorcycle for the traffic unit
  • Developed Crime Analysis tracking (tracking of crime trends)
  • Improved the Sheriff’s Office web-site (user friendly, sex offender tracking, inmate information Crime trends)
  • Cross trained Deputies as Public Information Officers (keeping the public informed)
Sheriff Brown has accomplished this by using his employees’ individual talents and experiences without having to increase his personnel. Having to do more with less, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the best quality service for its citizens.

Sheriff Brown has embraced his role and commitment to his community and has made tremendous progress.  He has done much to lay the foundation for “improving the quality of life in our community” and has done so in a short period of time.

Sheriff Brown will continue to uphold the mission of the Sheriff’s Office and implement practices, procedures and programs that reflect our ever changing community. We now live in a multi-cultural diversified community which requires planning, training and additional resources to meet this challenge.

Proposed Departmental Goals (2009-2013)

  • To enhance customer service/community relations. (Done)
  • To become part of the American Jail Association.(Done)
  • To establish a specialized criminal investigations division. (Done)
  • To implement a crime analysis/action report. (Done)
  • To broaden community outreach activities. (Done)
  • To become a state certified jail. (Done)
  • To recieve national departmental certification.(Done)


» Accomplishments in 2013
Persons Responsible
To commit resources to long-range planning to address the future needs of the department - services, staffing, facilities, equipment and technology.
Adminstrative Move
May 2013 opening of Westside Precinct
Give Credit
To continually review and update policy and procedures to reflect legal issues and changes as needed.
To perpetuate a sound managerial environment that focuses upon departmental goals: and provides for career development through training, advancement, and for exemplary performance.
Leadership School
To continue automation efforts and the integration of technology designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of delivering law enforcement services to the community.
Camera Systems in Jail/CID/SIU
Media Enhancement
To identify criminal activity, pursue and apprehend criminal offenders, and proceed in the prosecution of known offenders.
To maintain a proactive patrol and investigative force that results in reducing opportunities for committing crimes.
COPS Grant
Drug Court
To instill public confidence in the department by maintaining a high degree of professionalism, dedication, and expertise in the delivery of law enforcement services.
» Accomplishments in 2014
Persons Responsible
To achieve National accreditation for the Sheriff's Office through CALEA.
Continue advanced and specialized training opportunities.
To achieve National accreditation for the Detention Center through ACA.
Continued automation efforts and the integration of technology designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of delivering law enforcement services to the community by updating camera systems for Detention Division, Special Investigation Unit and Criminal Investigation Division.
Develop a recruitment team comprised of diverse multi-talented employees that will obtain the best qualified candidates for employment.
Develop pursuit review board that meets to review and ensure all pursuits are within policy guidelines.

» NaphCare Works Alongside Newton County Detention Center and Sheriff's Department to Earn NCCHC Accreditation for Healthcare Standards

“On behalf of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, it gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of Certification from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. We are proud to be among law enf...orcement and correctional facilities that support efficient, high quality care for residents,” said Sheriff Brown. “Our organization welcomed the opportunity to enter into a process valuing the overall benefit of total disease management. After a self-evaluation, we engaged in the process of rewriting our policies and procedures and are happy to meet your high standards. We want to thank our health care and detention staff for helping make this certification possible.”


» Newton County Sheriff's Office achieves state recertification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has received reaccreditation from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. The recertification was presented to Sheriff Ezell Brown by Mark Bender, director of state certification, at the Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting last week. A special plaque was also presented to Sgt. Cortney Morrison for her work as the NCSO state certification manager. Bender said the certification manager is responsible for compiling all documentation and overseeing the arduous process of meeting certification standards.

-Source: newtoncitizen.com


» Congressman Hank Johnson and Sheriff Ezell Brown honor veteran peace officer Jack Simpson

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is honored to be home to Investigator Jack Simpson! On August 5, 2015, Congressman Hank Johnson joined an impressive group of individuals who have paused to recognize Mr. Simpson for his years of service in law enforcement. Before a crowded room, Sheriff Ezell Brown stood beside him as he was awarded a Congressional Plaque. This plaque was added to a multitude of national and local recognitions. At 91, he is the oldest certified peace officer in the state of Georgia, and is believed to be the oldest active officer in the country. Sheriff Brown told the gathering at the Historic Courthouse that Investigator Simpson continues to be a valuable asset to his office. "Jack is not just sitting behind a desk; he is still solving cases."


» Newton County Sheriff's Office receives perfect scores on national accreditation audit

COVINGTON: After receiving a perfect score during a standards compliance audit, the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be federally accredited by the American Correctional Association. Auditors conducted the audit this week and made the announcement Wednesday during a ceremony at the NCSO. During their visit, the 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. According to a press release from the NCSO, 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 NCSO received a score of 100 percent on mandatory standards and a 100 percent on non-mandatory standards and will officially be awarded the accreditation in January at the American Correctional Association (ACA) winter conference. "We have been preparing for this day for almost two years," said Sheriff Ezell Brown. "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."

-Source: newtoncitizen.com

» Sheriff Brown's Speech at Federal Reserve Bank - May 16, 2017

It is truly an honor to be here with each and every one of you today as we pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for cities, states, and counties across our nation. I would like to thank the Federal Reserve Bank staff and Chief Brooks for inviting me to be the guest speaker at this prestigious event. Although I have been Sheriff for nine (9) years and worked in law enforcement for more than Forty-Two (42) in Newton County, the loss of one of my officers this past year proved to be the greatest challenges of my career. It confirmed that there is no greater burden or honor to bear than the loss of an officer, colleague, friend or a loved one in the line of duty. There is truly no greater honor than to know a person who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Patrolman Justin White and others knew that the streets were not safe; but, they continued day after day to enforce the laws of this state. They dedicated themselves to keeping the peace, serving and protecting citizens.
We are eternally grateful to former President John F. Kennedy for signing a proclamation declaring May 15th, Peace Officer Memorial Day. The week has come to be known as National Police Week. Since 1962, members of law enforcement agencies have continued to recognize the dedication of their officers and to honor those killed in the line of duty.
Across our nation, individuals are gathering to carry on the tradition of these events. Several are being held right here in the State of Georgia. It is no coincidence that most of these ceremonies will begin with the assembling of the honor guard, a rendition of the national anthem, the delivery of the invocation, followed by brief remarks from other dignitaries. The events usually end with a keynote speaker saying a few words. At the conclusion, there may be a memorial parade, presentation of floral tributes, the bugler sounding taps, a fly over in the missing man formation and a Twenty-One (21) gun salute.

The ceremonies are heartfelt and beautifully done; but, this doesn’t end the pain and sorrow felt by loved ones and friends. We must continue to support those families, friends and those in the community that were stricken by the pain, sorrow and grief.

Last year, 2016, we lost 143 officers in the United States of America according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website. Unfortunately, 9 of those officers were killed in Georgia.
Today, we pause to honor those 143 fallen officers who were not afraid to wear the passport to harm’s way, which is the BADGE. We wear it proudly….to preserve the quality of life in our communities.
Those we honor were not just officers….they were men, women, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts, cousins, friends, and neighbors. They were first and foremost, sons and daughters. They were mentors, mentees, storytellers, ordinary people doing extraordinary things!

Our precincts and departments, headquarters and stations are missing them...our brothers and sisters in uniform. Faces gone, but not forgotten. These are men and women that no longer return home at the end of their shifts. They no longer share in the gift of giving at Christmas time or this past Sunday for Mother’s Day. Those parents are no longer able to share a bedtime story with their little ones. Yes, we are saddened by the losses; but, we will always remember their names, smiles, and dedication to the work they did, contributions they gave, and the sacrifices they made.

What must we do to honor those officers? We must walk the narrow road with dedication, endurance and preservation. We must continue their service in unwavering devotion and working every day to protect those set in our path. We must only use the authority we have been given within the color of the law to cease those that choose to do wrong against others or harm themselves. Let us walk with the God given grace that has so freely been given us, remembering we are not the judge but shepherds protecting those who cannot protect themselves. We must always have the integrity to do the right thing in all situations and have the courage to call others to do the same, knowing that if we do what is right we will be commended by God and those we serve will recognize us by our work and our love for them and each other.

John15:12-13 states, This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. That is exactly what those 143 officers have done. They have laid down their lives protecting and serving the communities they love and I would like to tell them THANK YOU. If they were here today, I would look at them and say:

  • Thank you for your bravery.
  • Thank you for your dedication and commitment
  • Thank you for your integrity and your love for others
  • Thank you for your selflessness and diligence
  • and most of all thank you for your service and your life.
To the families left behind to honor and cherish their memories...

  • Thank you for supporting these officers and the sacrifices you have made.
  • Thank you for your love for the officers, citizens and communities they have served and protected.
So let us remember these words now and forever. Let us be comforted in knowing that our dear friends and loved ones are resting in peace and a place of honor.

I say to all the officers and those in public safety across the nation, from every city, county and state, that our profession is shrouded in safeguarding lives and the reality is sometimes at the cost of our own. But we still need those who will choose a career in law enforcement. We need deputy sheriffs, police officers, detention officers, GBI, FBI and all others to stand in the gate of keeping our community safe. Once we put on our uniform we understand that our chances of returning home is unlike any other profession.
Wearing the badge can be a passport to harm’s way. However, we continue on because it is our passion.

  • We continue for the love of the people and the communities we serve.
  • We continue because we want to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • We continue because we believe in the work we are doing.
  • We continue because we value life and the preservation of mankind
  • We continue because we respect the LAW
  • and most importantly, we continue because we ARE CALLED
We are called to do a job that is taxing to the mind, spirit and soul. However, it is a job that is necessary and we wear the BADGE proudly.

May God bless you and all other law enforcement officers in this nation and most of all may God bless those who gave their lives in serving this nation.

Thank you again to the Federal Reserve Bank for bringing us together today for the beginning of Police Week 2017!

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