Love for the Lord and the Law of the Land

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Sheriff Chris Clinton

Hiawassee, GA – Which words come to mind when asked to describe law enforcement? Narration of the enforcement of law? The preservation of peace? A balance of both?

In this day and age, the odds are stacked against “God” and “Love” making it to the top of the majority’s vocabulary list, yet that was the message bestowed upon graduates of the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA), a 20-hour course sponsored by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office.

Pastor Steve Taylor of McConnell Baptist Church was the keynote speaker at the ceremony for the seventh edition class which took place on October 3, 2017, in the sanctuary of the majestic church on Main Street.

CLEA VII with Sheriff Chris Clinton and Pastor Steve Taylor

Dozens of graduates and guests gathered in the pews, seated in solemn silence, as Pastor Steve made mention of the Las Vegas tragedy that occurred mere days before, and his gratitude toward those willing to serve in support of peace officers.

The Pastor said he “understands why a program like [CLEA] is necessary. Law enforcement cannot do it alone.” Pastor Steve iterated the shared sentiments of Sheriff Chris Clinton, who listened among his supporters and staff, nodding in agreement throughout the lesson.

The solution to the strife returns to a wise Scripture, according to the Pastor’s teaching: Luke 10:27, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Love God. All we do flows from there. And love people,” Pastor Steve Taylor emoted, “We see, but don’t say. We say, but don’t do…There’s confusion in society about what love is. We have to choose to love. Love is conduct, action. Not to get, but to give.”

Pastor Steve imparted his closing thoughts for the Sheriff, his staff, CLEA alumni, and graduates to ponder, “Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.”

The keynotes were followed by a digital presentation of the 10-week journey the graduates traveled in order to arrive with certificates in hand, followed by kind words of appreciation from Sheriff Clinton.

Sheriff Chris Clinton

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton presents certificates to CLEA graduates. Pictured: Colonel Terry Conner and Pastor Steve Taylor

When asked, CLEA alumni David Marrella shared his thoughts on his dedicated public service. He answered with earnest, “It’s a way to give back. The Sheriff’s Office has always taken care of us. I want to give back to them.”

CLEA VII graduate, Richard Parkman, agreed with Mr. Marrella’s response. “I see it as an opportunity to become involved. I support [Sheriff] Chris [Clinton] and law enforcement. This is a people-oriented community.”

It was an event those in attendance are unlikely to forget.

 

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CLEA alumni David Marrella, Pastor Steve Taylor, Sheriff Chris Clinton

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Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit Lands in Hiawassee

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Hiawassee, GA – Soon-to-be graduates of the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA) were given a firsthand look at a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) helicopter on Tuesday, September 19, at McConnell Baptist Church on Main Street.

Georgia State Patrol helicopter, once owned by best-selling author Patricia Cornwell

The second-to-last session in the 10-week series began with classroom instruction from GSP Corporal Paul Wofford on the history and operations of the state police aviation unit.

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Georgia State Patrol Aviation Troopers, TFC Jamon Jones and Corporal Paul Wofford

Developed in 1974, the flight unit currently consists of 13 pilots and 12 aircraft. Each helicopter costs approximately $3.5 million dollars and each pilot flies an average of 250-300 hours per year.

There are six field hangars within the state of Georgia, located in Kennesaw, Albany, Gainesville, Perry, Reidsville, and Augusta.

The Georgia State Patrol aviation unit is dispatched to locate missing persons, aid in manhunts, assist with rescue missions, provide fire suppression, and capture aerial surveillance.

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton, Chief Deputy Colonel Terry Conner, and Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw were in attendance.

The final class in the CLEA program will be held at the Towns County Courthouse next week, followed by a tour of the Towns County 911 Dispatch center.

CLEA VII graduation is scheduled to take place at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at McConnell Baptist Church in Hiawassee.

Alumni are invited to attend.

For information on participating in a future Citizen Law Enforcement Academy course, contact the Towns County Sheriff’s Office at 706.896.4444

 

 

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GBI Bomb Disposal Unit Visits Hiawassee

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Hiawassee, GA – Citizen Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA) alumni and current participants in the 8-week CLEA VII course gathered at Towns County Beach on Tuesday afternoon, September 5, for a special presentation featuring Bomb Disposal Unit #601, courtesy of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Towns County Sheriff’s Office.

After enjoying conversation and a cookout under the park’s pavilion, Sheriff Chris Clinton introduced GBI Special Agent Ryan Hilton to the sizable turnout of attendees.

GBI Ryan Hilton

GBI Special Agent Ryan Hilton

Special Agent Hilton, from the Region 8 field office in Cleveland, began by explaining the purpose of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “We’re what’s called a requester agency,” the Special Agent told the group, “We can be requested by the Governor, Judges, District Attorney, Sheriff, or Chief of Police to assist in criminal investigations.”

Special Agent Hilton went on to explain the GBI often investigates homicides, public corruption, crimes against the elderly, allegations of excessive use of force by law enforcement officers and other incidents throughout the state.

Special Agent Hilton led the group to the Bomb Disposal truck, one of eleven within the state of Georgia, and described the bomb suit used by bomb technicians while engaging an explosive device. Weighing 84 pounds and similar to those worn by firefighters, the suit provides substantial thermal and overpressure protection. It also lessens the impact of injury in the event an explosive device detonates.

The agent described the functions and capabilities of the small, but mighty 426 pound robot used to disarm explosives. Valued at a quarter of a million dollars, it is equipped with cameras, a speaker, an electronic grip, and dual barrels that are similar in strength to a 12 gauge shotgun and proficient enough to shoot the battery from a device without disturbing the attached explosive.

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GBI Bomb Disposal Unit

“The most common call the Bomb Unit receives is suspicious packages and found ordnance,” Special Agent Hilton said. Found ordnance consist of commercial explosives and war remnants, a familiar find in areas such as Savannah where battles once took place.

The agent demonstrated the operation of the robot for the CLEA class before taking several questions from the interested audience.

CLEA VII commencement is scheduled for September 26 at the Towns County Courthouse.

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TCSO Citizen Law Enforcement Academy VII begins

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Hiawassee, GA – The seventh session of the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA), sponsored by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, began on Tuesday, July 25, at McConnell Baptist Church on Main Street in Hiawassee. CLEA is a ten week course designed to familiarize the community with the operations of the Sheriff’s Office.

The meeting began with opening remarks by the Lead Pastor of McConnell Baptist, Steven Taylor, who asked to address the group. “We’re grateful for the Sheriff’s Office and all they do. We wanted to be a part of it. We look forward to serving again in the future.”

The initial class focused on Sheriff Chris Clinton’s presentation on the history of the Office of the Sheriff. “It’s the oldest elected office of any kind.”, the Sheriff told the participants. Clinton covered the full scope of the position’s antiquity which included knowledge of 1215 AD, the year the people rose against the dictatorial King John of England. He explained how the Sheriff stood up for the citizens.

“I answer to the people.”, the Sheriff expressed. “I work for you.”

Sheriff Clinton went on to provide insight on the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. He cited issues that led to their establishment and how they still apply today. “The Founders knew it was the people themselves who mattered…We, the people, are the kings in America.”

Colonel Terry Conner, Captain Jim Coach, and Lieutenant Aaron Deyton of the Towns County Sheriff’s Office attended Tuesday’s meeting. David Marrella, a CLEA graduate, was on hand to assist the new students.

CLEA meets weekly until graduation commences on September 26. Classes require admission through the Towns County Sheriff’s Office. Alumni are permitted to volunteer their time for suitable tasks such as administrative duties upon completion of the 20 hour course. This in turn lowers the cost of operation for county’s taxpayers.

The next session is expected to begin in late fall. Applications are available by contacting the Towns County Sheriff’s Office at 706.896.4444

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Sheriff Chris Clinton, Towns County Sheriff’s Office

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