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.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: This month will be packed with community activities
May is a busy month. It is a month in which we recognize achievements and sacrifices, and support those in need. These are the things a strong community does.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Administrative Professionals' Day is April 22
While I will recognize my administrative assistant, Marie Ostrander, in the traditional way, I’ve decided that she should be recognized corporately as well because she helps keep the wheels of our organization running smoothly.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Work of Lt. Terron Hayes and Col. Sabrina Lewis highlighted
I am very fortunate to have many individuals at the Sheriff’s Office who work beyond their normal duties to make a difference in our community.
SHERIFF'S VIEW: Law enforcement has been shown great support in the Albany community
Many communities are only now beginning to recognize the need to show support to their law enforcement officers, with displays of blue lights, wearing blue clothing, and other outward signs. Our community, on the other hand, has shown great support for local law enforcement all along.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: About 8,000 criminal warrants and 21,000 civil papers were served by deputies in 2014
The year was a busy one for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office, ranging from initiatives that included national television exposure to day-to-day work serving warrants and papers and overseeing the courthouse and jail.
THE SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Reflect on things we should be thankful for
Sometimes I need a reminder of how fortunate or blessed I am, and more times than not, I take things for granted. With the Christmas season upon us, I want to take time and reflect on 2014.
THE SHERIFF'S COLUMN: There are three important rules to remember regarding guns in the home
The gun owner should keep the weapon secured until needed, keep fingers off the trigger until intending to shoot, and should only shoot when absoutely certain of the target and what is beyond it.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: The community cookout is set for Baldwin Park
The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office began an initiative to build a stronger sense of community in Albany/Dougherty County several of years ago by adopting the slogan “Building Unity in the Community” and launching initiatives to live up to our slogan.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Information about you, from medical records to banking, are on the Internet
Even if you haven’t provided the information, it is stored with the companies you do business with, on their computer servers, which are probably backed up to “the cloud,” which means that the information is being transmitted over the Internet.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Nearly nine out of 10 Americans are active online
There are many nefarious characters out there that spend their time trying to hack on-line accounts to obtain personal information that they can then misuse or sell.
THE SHERIFF SPEAKS: In this country, we have an almost infinite number of ways to subdivide ourselves.
Our freedom to disagree is just one of the many rights secured for us by the blood of those who came before us.
THE SHERIFF SPEAKS: How to secure your home against intruders
Families that go away on vacation leave behind a vulnerable home.
The new changes to the gun laws have been widely publicized and hotly debated.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Governor's signature will make the bills law
The following are a few of the bills that were passed and adopted by the Senate and House of Representatives and await the Governor’s signature before being enacted into law or vetoed.
SHERIFF’S COLUMN: Springtime is in the air!
Spring or springtime is the season for renewal, rejuvenation, and resurrection. It is also the time of year for many people to get out and begin enjoying several months of outdoor recreation.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: The Dougherty County Sheriff Office has been busy on a number of fronts
2013 was a great year for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Rights that exist only on paper are not rights
Heroes such as Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. persevered through great hardships in their pursuit of equality for all men. Each left a legacy.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: The showcasing of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office youth intervention program has attracted nationwide attention
The thing that sets the Dougherty County youth intervention program apart from others is maintaining contact with and mentoring at-risk youth.
SHERIFF'S COLUMN: The Thanksgiving season is a time to count blessings
Thanksgiving is a holiday unique to America because it is celebrated with an attitude of giving thanks to God.
Public safety column
As autumn sets in, the weather cools, and we begin looking forward to the holiday season, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank you for your support by hosting our 4th annual “Building Unity in the Community” cookout. The cookout will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at C.W. Heath Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. C.W. Heath Park is located on Jordan Street, just off Maple Street This event is our way of saying thanks to the citizens of our community.
Public safety column
In my last article, I spoke about Georgia’s “Stand Your Ground” law which allows the victim of an unlawful use of force to fight back rather than retreat. In that article, I stated that deadly force may not be used to protect property. The Castle Doctrine is an exception to that.
It seems as though everyone has been following the case against George Zimmerman and the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin.
The Sheriff Speaks column
I have had several citizens ask me about the laws regarding golf carts, especially the newer laws that have taken effect in the past few years. I must admit that these laws are confusing. The confusion centers on the fact that a golf cart may be classified as either a “personal transportation vehicle” or a “motorized cart.” Although the definitions are similar, the regulations are different.
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.
Stop the Violence, T.A.K.I.N.G. A.U.T.H.O.R.I.T.Y. will conduct a crime awareness march in downtown Albany at 10 a.m. April 21.
Of all the new laws that went into effect last year, none have received more attention and scrutiny than House Bill (HB) 87, the new “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act.”
As the Sheriff of Dougherty County I have the opportunity to speak to many civic groups and organizations throughout our community.
As I took time to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family and relatives, we discussed what we were most grateful for. I do not know about you, but sometimes I forget just how fortunate or blessed that I am, and more times than not, I take things for granted. As sheriff of Dougherty County, I have the opportunity to speak and spend time with many individuals from all walks of life.
I am concerned about those young men and women who are beginning their college career. According to a UCLA student survey, 30% of new freshmen feel overwhelmed. It's no wonder, since the transition from high school to college is probably the single most significant change in their young lives. Here is some advice that can make the transition easier:
As sheriff of Dougherty County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us -- crime prevention. My office is committed to making our neighborhoods safer places to live. By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families; both young and old. It is imperative that we seek progress to reduce the negative influences that crime has on our children and to help safeguard the elderly.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share the accomplishments and productivity of the Sheriff's Office during 2010. It was a difficult year economically, but the employees of the Sheriff's Office have really stepped up and showed a level of determination and dedication that has made me very proud.
The Sheriff's Office has changed uniform color, from brown and tan to black and gray. It was my desire to make a change in 2009 when I first took office, much like Sheriff Saba did 26 years ago when he first became sheriff.
During the holiday season, busy people intent on trying to complete their Christmas shopping may fall prey to unscrupulous criminals who skulk in mall and shopping center parking lots, doing their "shopping" from the packages placed in parked vehicles.
Halloween can be a dangerous time, not from witches, ghosts and goblins, but from falls, choking, and vehicle accidents. There is no real "trick" to staying safe this Halloween. Just remember some basic safety tips and your holiday can be a real "treat."
July 1 often brings a host of new laws that become effective in Georgia. As your sheriff, I am asked about these new laws daily.I wanted to take this opportunity to share some information about the laws that I am asked about most often. Those are the laws about texting and driving, about seatbelts in pickup trucks, and the new gun laws.
In last month's article, I spoke on the various ways that the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office is involved in assisting you in protecting your property. Today I want to share some important tips for you to implement which in turn will make your home safer and less of a target for criminals.
On Dec. 29, I attended a meeting with a group of individuals that are concerned about the violence in our community.
The welfare of our children and youth is one of my top priorities as sheriff. As parents, we may use extreme measures to protect our homes from intruders.