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NCSO Capt. Banks attends leadership seminar

COVINGTON - The command staff of the Newton County Sheriff's Office was recently invited to participate in three days of intensive training in leadership and highway safety made possible through the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Georgia Sheriff's Association.

More than 150 officers, including sheriff's chief deputies and top-level command officers, participated in the training conference.

Newton County Capt. Sammy Banks attended and received valuable training and information emphasizing highway safety and leadership training, according to a printed press release issued by Sheriff Ezell Brown.

In turn, the participants, through their leadership, share this information with their staff and the public, enhancing the collective effort at reducing injuries and tragic deaths, the release states.

"The Command Staff Training Conference offers an opportunity for the leadership within sheriff's offices to obtain quality training on highway safety and leadership issues, remain up-to-date with current trends in Georgia and develop partnering relationships statewide," said Tonia Welch, training director of the Georgia Sheriff's Association.

"I appreciate the opportunity to meet with the sheriffs' command staff to discuss the importance of traffic enforcement in saving lives," added Bob Dallas, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The traffic enforcement safety tools learned at this seminar can save lives when deployed fairly and consistently. Equally important is the voting public now understands the need for traffic enforcement as they demand that our roads must be made safer."

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of injury and death in Georgia and as such pose a major public health problem.