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Newton Sheriff celebrates state certification

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff’s Office were lauded recently in a special ceremony which celebrated the department achieving state accreditation in July of this year from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Representatives from local, state and federal government and law enforcement agencies were on hand at the Newton County Judicial Center for the event and a plaque commemorating the first accreditation of the NCSO was presented to Brown by DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. Congratulating Brown, in center, are (l-r) J. Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes; Congressman Hank Johnson; Gerald Malcom, retired Newton County sheriff; Mike Brown, executive with the National Sheriffs’ Association; Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association; and DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown. - Special photo