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Dougherty ADA wins national honor

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- A Dougherty County investigator won a national award for his superior service to law enforcement in the fight against gang-related crime.

Investigator Jason Armstrong, of the Dougherty County Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office, was given an award for his superior work in dealing with gangs and their crimes on Aug. 16.

"The Frederic Milton Thrasher Award was established in 1992 to by the National Gang Crime Research Center to honor superior scholarship, leadership, accomplishments, service and contributions dealing with public safety issues and concerns like those posed by gang crimes," a news release stated.

Three others received the recognition this year. Two were investigators from major cities, Denver and Chicago. The third was from a suburb of Boston.

"Armstrong is receiving well deserved national recognition for work in combating gang violence that he began in Albany," said Heather Lanier, chief assistant district attorney. "Local law enforcement is receiving national attention."

Armstrong who also won the Georgia Sheriff's and Police Intelligence Unit's "Officer of the Year" designation in December said his success was a team effort.

"It is great for us to receive the recognition. It is a whole team effort to bring gang members to prosecution and jail," Armstrong said. "This award is recognition of our team work."

While at the three-day conference in Chicago, Armstrong also taught a seminar for "Gang Prevention and Prosecution." Also teaching at the conference from Dougherty County was Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Lt. Terron Hayes.

Armstrong said attending the conference was a chance to not only teach, but to have discussions and an exchange of information with others involved in fighting gangs from across the country and foreign countries.

The conference was attended by law enforcement authorities from places like Chicago, New York, and also by officials from what places that might be expected, such as Anchorage, Alaska; Ireland, and Germany, he added.

Bringing it all back home, District Attorney Greg Edwards said that he thought Armstrong deserved the honors.

"He is a great asset for the office. The recognition among his peers is great," Edwards said. "His success is based on hard work, dedication and excellence that are appreciated."