Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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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."