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Sheriff, NCSO deputies on duty at DNC in Charlotte, N.C.

COVINGTON -- Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and nine deputies are maintaining law and order this week in Charlotte, N.C. They are attending the Democratic National Convention and will be assisting the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department with security and crowd control for the event.

The NCSO was invited to the event several months ago, chosen because of the size of the department, skill sets and proximity to Charlotte, N.C., said Brown before the contingent departed Friday night. Brown and his men will be on duty in Charlotte through Friday, Sept. 7.

Brown said he expected the group from NCSO would be working alongside law enforcement officers from all over the U.S. with crowd control and all types of security details including antiterrorism, something they have received more than 30 hours of training for at no cost to the taxpayers of Newton County.

"Also, we're taking two instructors with us who will be asked to pass along the training to others at the Sheriff's Office so we can stay abreast of all aspects of crowd control and terrorism," Brown said.

Brown said NCSO deputies were selected to attend from various divisions so that no one division would suffer a serious manpower shortage.

"We've been reimbursed for training, travel and work for the week," Brown said. "This will not put a strain on any division in the sheriff's office."

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poll 1 year, 10 months ago

Nice to see that the Sheriff can spare 9 deputies to go out of state to the DNC but he does not haven enough deputies to direct traffic in front of an elementary school for 20 minutes in the mornings. Nice to know what is more important to the Sheriff.

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Billy 1 year, 10 months ago

At least they're not down here handing out traffic tickets to working people...

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John 1 year, 10 months ago

Tickets should be issued to working & not working people equally for traffic violations. Life is simple, if you don't want a ticket follow the laws & rules in the DMV manual.

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Billy 1 year, 10 months ago

Yeah, right. I've got a better plan. Pull over the egregious violator, not the honest guy going to and from work. It's doesn't suit your thrist for fine money, but it's a better plan, I can guarantee that. BTW, I'm a political science major, not some hick in a pick up truck. You can BS others with that holy attitude of yours, but a speed trap is a speed trap. Have a wonderful day...

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inthemiddle 1 year, 10 months ago

So you are still in school? That explains it ... you have tons of life experience to support what you are learning as a political science major i take it. I have 2 undergrads, a masters, and over 13 years in private and public sector. A speed trap doesn't exists as all speed limits are set by the state and posted on the side of the road. Also, aside from the GSP, local police and sheriffs can't cite you until you are at least 11 mph over. 11 over is an egregious violation and you should get a ticket. There are a few variances from this, mainly school zones, but by an large it takes 11 over to get a ticket. And the honest guy going to and from work should get a ticket just the same as anyone else if it is the same violation. Blind Justice doesn't allow for disparate treatment based on any factors other than the act itself.

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John 1 year, 10 months ago

Maybe you should get a bumper sticker, that reads " I am just a honest, hard working person, that don't deserve a ticket when I violate the traffic laws & regulations ....PLEASE spare me." If you speed through a speed trap you stand a real good chance of getting busted.

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John 1 year, 10 months ago

One more thing, a major in political science degree & 15 cents won't get you a cup of coffee

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Bemused 1 year, 10 months ago

"Brown said NCSO deputies were selected to attend from various divisions so that no one division would suffer a serious manpower shortage." <--I guess reading comprehension really isn't your strong suit.

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nccrazy 1 year, 10 months ago

I agree 100% with poll. From the picture that is above there are at least 3-4 investigators. I would think that the investigation department is running short.????

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gsm7476 1 year, 10 months ago

I like the sheriff and I plan on voting for him. But It is hard to tell the BOC we are understaffed and we need more people when we can send people out of state when we have problems on the west side of the county.

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Bemused 1 year, 10 months ago

To all those whining about being understaffed, the article clearly states that they have known about this for months. I'm pretty sure that proper planning went into making sure that all bases would be covered. Good grief, y'all want some cheese to go with those whines?

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poll 1 year, 10 months ago

They have known about the traffic problems in front of Oak Hill Elementary School for several years and no months of planning has gone into trying to prevent a serious accident that will end up killing a child or one of the people walking in the park that is right acorss the street from the school. I am not asking for someone to direct traffic for hours only 15 to 20 minutes in the mornings. It's not whining when one is trying to save lives.

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tmyra1 1 year, 10 months ago

I like sheriff Brown he has turned this county around in a good way!

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56vick 1 year, 10 months ago

There shouldn't be a shortage of LE in the county .I see more and more city of Covington officers riding out in the county .I guess they extended the city limits to include the county or maybe they think they have already won the election for sheriff and started a county police dept for the chief.

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Billy 1 year, 10 months ago

Vick, the gov't can't rake in enough money, so they operate speed traps to shake down honest people for meager technical violations. The criminals don't pay fines, and RICHards like J above have a lawyer to get them out of theirs. I got pulled over by a state patrol officer in the City of Covington. Why they patrol there and not on the freeway where they belong baffles me. If the COC cops are out of their juris, it's to lasso the almighty dollar, not for public safefy. There's always a convoy of cops coming from Franks in Jasper county on 212 as well, so they may be down there getting their policeman's discount...

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Frustrated 1 year, 10 months ago

Do I detect the sound of someone that got caught and thinks he shouldnt have gotten a ticket? In case you werent told GSP are a STATE law enforcement agency and can patrol wherever they want. You know most people would be glad to have police patroling their neighborhood to help deter crime. You must be related to John Douglas

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John 1 year, 10 months ago

Billy, Allow me to help you get your facts straight. 1. No, I am not considered to be "rich" 2. I have paid "every" ticket I have "earned" w/o any assistance - a total of six in 54 years. 3. The GSP can patrol any interstate, state highway, county highway, road or street in the state of Georgia. They primarily patrol the areas assigned to their post. They (State Police of any state) have never been in assigned to only the interstates.. 4. On occasions, I have also noticed Newton County Deputies patrolling on the portion of I 20 that runs through Newton County. 5. Not really clear what a "meager technical violation" is - could you explain what this means. I'm guessing but you probably have a piece of yellow paper issued to you that very clearly explains to what you are referring. Don't really think the GSP or any other law enforcement officer would issue a ticket for a minor technical infraction - the ticket was issued because it was clearly earned.
5. You know Billy prisons are also full of people that "claim they didn't do it" too.

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John 1 year, 10 months ago

Billy, One more thing - the Franks Restaurant at 11818 Hwy 212 is in Newton County - not Jasper County.

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dennistay53 1 year, 10 months ago

I like sheriff Brown to and intend to vote for him again. But i do not agree with this move, This should be the sole responsibility of North Carolina and the Feds with Obama being a sitting President. Just does not look good with many of us supporting more funds for the Sheriff. Plenty of time known in advance if they wanted to do this on vacation. You never have enough law enforcement in Newton where you can send this many people out.

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BillyBoy1213 1 year, 10 months ago

Dear Negative Bloggers,

This type of negativity really needs to cease from continuing to go on in this manner. The NCSO was not the only law enforcement agency selected to provide additional needed security measures. The expenses of the required trip were paid by the Government and not the NCSO. If the City of Covington Police Department received the same request they would have fulfilled it as well. This decision was made many months ago, which required the much needed security measures to take place to make this happen. Stop trying to find the negative things to talk about when it’s a positive situation focus on the re-election of an exceptional sheriff and help support his much needed work. He has done a lot for the NCSO since he has been in office and the NSCO has received numerous recommendations since he has been in office. Four years for this magnifying Sheriff is just not enough. Please help support the Re-Election of Sheriff Ezell Brown.

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John 1 year, 10 months ago

BillyBoy 1213, Agree totally with your post but there are people that want to complain about anything & everything like "Why does the sun always have to come up in the east?"

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Southside 1 year, 10 months ago

What were some of his recommendations?

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HeWhoKnowsAll 1 year, 10 months ago

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