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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.

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)
Sheriff Brown’s accomplishments include:
  1. Revitalized the Neighborhood Watch Program
  2. Implemented a Crime Watch Program (Goal is to have every community participating)
  3. Created an Internal Affairs Division
  4. Created an Office of Professional Standards Division (Policies and Standard Operating Procedures)
  5. Created a Community Outreach Liaison
  6. 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
  7. Created a Drug Suppression Unit (focus on criminal acts)
  8. Created a Fleet Watch Program (business involvement in fighting crime, observation) 2010 
  9. Created a Crime Suppression Unit
  10. Expanded the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (focus on crime trends within the county)
  11. Implemented 12 Hours Shifts (increase the number of deputies on the road)
  12. Created a Fatherhood Program
  13. Awarded Grant funds of over $1,901,758
  14. Purchased an additional K-9 dog (human tracking)
  15. Purchased an additional motorcycle for the traffic unit
  16. Developed Crime Analysis tracking (tracking of crime trends)
  17. Improved the Sheriff’s Office web-site (user friendly, sex offender tracking, inmate information Crime trends)
  18. 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.

  » Goals for 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 prvides 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 apprhend 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.

» Goals for 2014
  • State Certification of Jail
  • National Certification for Department
  • Building Bicycle Unit
  • Build the strength of the organization by seeking additional manpower
  • Add additional equipment, i.e. vehicles
  • Increase compensation for employees
  • Establish a supplemental retirement system

» 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.”

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