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Newton Sheriff's Office receives $1 million hiring grant

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has received notification from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) that it is the recipient of a grant amounting to nearly $1 million earmarked for hiring veterans. Other area recipients are the Atlanta Police Department which received close to $2 million and MARTA which received $625,000.

"On behalf of the Newton County Sheriff's Office it gives me and my staff great pleasure to accept the COPS hiring grant for $901,490. The grant award will allow us to hire additional officers and fill gaps created by budgetary cuts. This is the second time we have been awarded this prestigious award," said NCSO Sheriff Ezell Brown. "The Newton County Sheriff's Office is the only sheriff's office in the state of Georgia to receive this award and one of 30 in the nation. This speaks volumes about the professionalism at the Newton County Sheriff's Office, as well as the leadership. A special thanks to Congressman Hank Johnson and his support for the Newton County Sheriff's Office."

NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum said the funds will be used to hire seven new employees.

"The sheriff is very excited ... He will present the grant before the Board of Commissioners for final acceptance and we're looking forward to them accepting the grant and being able to implement it," Crum said.

According to a press release from the Justice Department, all new law enforcement positions funded in the COPS 2012 Hiring Program must be filled by recent military veterans who have served at least 180 days since Sept. 11, 2001.

"Today, we step up our support for recent veterans by offering them the chance to pursue meaningful careers in law enforcement," said Attorney General eric Holder. "At a time of budget shortfalls, these grants will provide opportunities for much-needed, highly-trained professionals -- with a proven commitment to service -- to continue their careers in communities all across the country."

Nationwide the grants will fund more than 600 new law enforcement positions and save an additional 200 positions recently lost or in jeopardy of being cut due to local budget restraints, the release states.

"These grant awards will translate into nearly 30 police officer positions and will directly contribute to the safety of our communities here in Georgia," said North District of Georgia U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. "I'm please for the three agencies that received these grants and am confident that the combined $3.4 million in awards will bring positive enhancements to our neighborhoods."

The COPS Hiring Program makes grants to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years. Along with the pledge to hire military veterans, grantees for the 2012 Hiring Program were selected based on fiscal need and local crime rates. An additional factor in the selection process was each agency's strategy to address specific problems such as increased homicide rates and gun violence.

Comments

henrystamm 2 years, 3 months ago

Congratulation to Sheriff Brown, but I am leery of the fine print and what future requirements are attached that will cost us Taxpayers dearly. I urge the county Board of Commissioners to thoroughly investigate. The Anti-American Hank (not even our Congressmen now) and the Obama Administration is involved so the fine print reading is important. Take the money and make sure it is not an election ploy. This reporter obviously has not thoroughly investigated this grant. Also I am still voting for the Sheriff he remains the only Democrat I will do so. It appears that Hank Johnson, Erik Holder and our Sheriff Brown, all of the black race, are joining to elect Johnson in the worst way. Newton County in the 4th Congressional District don’t make the mistake again and elect the gangster like in 2008.

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momofone 2 years, 3 months ago

Did you miss the part where it states that this is the second time that we have been awarded this grant? It does not matter what the fine print is, we have already been obligated. I say "good job" but would ask exactly what part the Sheriff played in obtaining this grant? Did he actually do the paperwork himself? Or, did he tell one of his staff to complete it, meaning that the kudos really go to whomever researched the grant and spent all of the many hours filling out all of the paperwork for the grant.

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Newtownqq 2 years, 3 months ago

Job well done Sheriff Brown.It is outstanding that our Sheriff can obtain a grant of this size, in the face of all the BOC budget cuts to his department. I will support the re-election of Sheriff Brown in the fall, he has done a lot with nothing in this case. Neither Republican canidate has brought forward a way to solve this budget problem. They all claim " poor leadership" from Brown. Let us not forget all the problems the CPF has, if they are elected they will bring those problems forward.

As for Henerystamm, I am sorry that 3 black men could make you BLUSH! We need to look past skin color, it is 2012 you know. Also I wanted inform you that our Attorney General is Eric Holder, not Erik. HankJohnson does represent the 4th District wich covers parts of Newton County.

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guesswho83 2 years, 3 months ago

I believe Sheriff Brown is not thinking dem0cartic or Republican, but is focusing on the better interest of his department and the citizens of Newton County. In 2010 Sheriff Brown was able to obtain the $1 million dollar grant by networking with Republican Senator Isakson who thought highly of him and he was very helpful with supporting Sheriff Brown with information pertaining to this grant. There is no obligation to the county receiving this grant and I feel confident in this grant that they have been awarded. I am certain that the BOC, Sheriff Brown, and the Grant Writers have conducted all needed research to make sure this grant is best for Newton County with no such obligations. To be the only Sheriff office in the state of GA and being selected out of the 221 other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to receive such a grant is providing factors that he can get the job done and this is not politics related. It’s also evidence of a great effective and efficient leader. I am a Republican and I plan on voting for Sheriff Brown in the general election in November 2012.

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henrystamm 2 years, 3 months ago

Who will be picking up the tab in a year or so for the newly hired people?

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John 2 years, 3 months ago

henrystramm, With NC population growing to almost 100K as of 2010, certainly the need for more law enforcement is certainly needed - other wise the "thugs & thieves" run wild. For example, the traffic control unit of NCSO was about 4 people for all of NC (and one was out on long term disability and the others were called to do other than traffic control). With a county of about 276 land square miles - how effective can they really be. 6 or 7 additions to the department is certainly needed - especially if they are military vets.. I would rather pay in taxes for more law enforcement than for things like a new civic center, ag center or trails or turn arounds or etc.

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henrystamm 2 years, 3 months ago

We grew from 95K in 2000 to 99k 2010 grows are the remnants from The Clayton County debacle.

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John 2 years, 3 months ago

Sorry but the population of Newton County, GA in 2000 was 62,001 per US Census stats & 99,958 in 2010 & it was estimated at 100,814 in 2011. Can't say were they all came from but that is a 62.6% growth increase from 2000 any way you look at it. That deserves more law enforcement.

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dennistay53 2 years, 3 months ago

Well done Ezell. As a conservative i support this sheriff. In the 35 years i have lived here i consider him the first truly HONEST sheriff we have had. If his doubters could spend just 10 minutes talking to him one on one they would be impressed by this man

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John 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree & have had the opportunity to talk with him on several occasions - he does return phone calls, he listens and follows through on his commitments.

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