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In a lunch conversation July 27, 2012, with Albany Herald Editor Jim Hendricks at downtown’s Cafe 230, Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul emphasizes the importance of reaching youth early to divert them from what can be a disastrous direction in life. Helping young people has been a driving force for Sproul for much of his nearly 30-year law enforcement career.

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KEVIN SPROUL: The challenges of mental illness

SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Law enforcement deals on a daily basis with people with mental illnesses

Law enforcement officers often are unable to discern the difference between behavior which is criminal and that which is the result of mental illness. The behavior may be similar, but the cause is different. To differentiate, officers require special training.

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Lunch with Sheriff Kevin Sproul

A Table With a View

This is the first installment in a new series called "A Table With a View." Each will include a casual lunchtime conversation with someone in the community. In this installment, Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul talks about getting into law enforcement, the importance of listening, the pain he felt in the pit of his stomach over the Aurora, Colo., shootings and the story behind that trademark white hat.

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