Committed, determined

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has honored one of its own as Deputy of the Year. Cpl. Anthony Washington, who wears a number of hats at NCSO and is the king of multi-tasking, is the recipient of the honor.

According to Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison, Washington exemplifies "what a deputy should strive to be -- committed, energetic, compassionate and determined."

Assigned to the Office of Professional Standards, Washington conducts internal affairs investigations, is Community Outreach Liaison, which includes organizing Neighborhood Watch Programs and conducting public safety talks on issues of specific concern, serving as NCSO photographer and as one of the public information officers.

Not surprisingly, he said he thinks his work ethic is what secured him the title of Deputy of the Year.

"Just meeting the challenges that the job requires. I like problem-solving, having problems and then finding answers and a way to solve them," he said.

He said his favorite part of his job was definitely the interaction he has with the public.

"Having worked as SRO (school resource officer) at Newton High and as patrolman, I really enjoy interacting with the public and the kids," he said.

He said he believes his background enables him to have a unique perspective on what law enforcement can expect as Newton County continues to grow.

"Anytime there is growth, along with growth people bring their cultures and lifestyles with them. And when they bring their culture along with them comes their issues and concerns as well," he pointed out. "Being born and raised in a big city, I have seen what happens when growth takes place because I've seen it before. Once the economy turns around, the Sheriff's Office is going to have to expand ... calling for a new style of policing and responding to the needs of the community."

Washington said he is glad to be in Newton County and is looking forward to "using my experience to help out the community that I live in."

Washington has been with the NCSO for four years, beginning in uniform patrol. But he has deep roots in law enforcement and was with the Miami-Dade Sheriff's Office for 12 years, where he was commended for his community-oriented policing efforts and later in the warrants division where he was cited for making more than 490 arrests. His last area of service was in Miami's Liberty City, adjacent to the Overtown area where the television series "First 48" is filmed.

Many members of Washington's family are also in law enforcement, including his son, Darrian L. Washington, who is a detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

He said it was at his family's urging that he moved to the Atlanta area and now Newton County is home.

"Family members here have been trying to get me to move here for years ... have some of that peace and tranquility," he quipped. "But it is somewhat different from the concrete jungle I was accustomed to ... I can hear birds singing on my porch and see the stars at night."

Washington said he'd like to thank his support base -- his wife and family -- who make it possible for him to put in the long hours and do the job he does at the NCSO.

He is married to Brigette, his high school sweetheart, who is a teacher with Rockdale County Public School. They have seven children between them. Among them, daughter Brittany just graduated from Eastside High School and plans to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee this fall. Siblings Anthony Jr. and Brianna attend school in Atlanta.