May is an incredibly busy time of year. One out of 10 weddings occurs in May, with an average guest list of 178 people.
As sheriff, I am deeply concerned with the safety of all citizens. One area of specific concern is the safety of those citizens who ride bicycles on the public roadways in Dougherty County.
The Sheriff Speaks column
Under Georgia law O.C.G.A.15-16-1, the sheriff is assigned four specific duties. They are to (1) maintain peace, (2) protect life, (3) protect property, and (4) provide services to the community.
With another Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and the Christmas season upon us, I want to take time to give thanks and reflect on this past year.
The holiday season is upon us. Unfortunately, many holiday shoppers may fall prey to unscrupulous criminals who hang out in mall and shopping center parking lots, doing their “shopping” from the packages placed in parked vehicles.
Criminals never seem to sleep or take time off, especially those who target our senior citizens.
This month marks the beginning of another school year. For educators, it is the opportunity to set the tone for the entire year. For parents, it is the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to their child’s education. For students, it is the chance for a fresh start. August is a foundational month.
Sunday was the beginning of the first full month of summer. For old music fans, it is the date that the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” went No. 1 (1967).
Last year around this time, I wrote an article entitled “Advice for Freshmen,” in which I tried to give those students going off to their first year of college some practical advice.
As the Sheriff of Dougherty County, and as a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, I feel a certain anxiety every time I see a law enforcement officer conducting a traffic stop.