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Paulding County Sheriff's Office
Monday May 3rd, 2010 :: 09:56 a.m. EDT

Sheriff’s Command Staff Receive Advanced Training through Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grant

(Paulding County, GA) Over the Limit, Under Arrest. Click it or Ticket. Driving Skills for Life. Operation Rolling Thunder. HEAT. We have all read these axioms in the newspaper and on the highways. They are all part of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety mission: to educate the public on highway safety issues and facilitate the implementation of programs that reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities on Georgia roadways.

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of injury and death in Georgia and as such a major public health problem. The tragic loss of Georgians to traffic crashes devastates families both emotionally and financially and imposes far-reaching societal cost to employees and
government agencies as well as public and private insurers.

Highway safety is a major concern for Georgia’s sheriffs’ offices. Your sheriff is committed to continuing and enhancing the collective effort at reducing these injuries and tragic deaths. In the past, limited funds were a barrier in providing specialized highway safety enforcement training for sheriffs and their command staff statewide, until the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety partnered with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association to provide advanced and specialized training for deputy sheriffs.

A Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grant provided an important educational opportunity at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association 2010 Command Staff Training
Conference. Three days of intensive training was conducted in Macon, April 20-22, for the upper-level command staff of sheriffs’ offices from throughout the state. More than 110 officers – including sheriffs, chief deputies, and top-level command officers –
participated in the training conference. Paulding County Lieutenant Colonel Jim Walker, Major Chad Hunton, and Sgt. Dustin Palmer attended and received valuable training and information emphasizing highway safety and leadership training.

“The Command Staff Training Conference offers an opportunity for the leadership within sheriffs’ offices to attain specialized training on highway safety, leadership development and current trends in Georgia, and to develop partnering relationships statewide,” stated Tonia Welch, Training Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Inc.

"The Governor's Office of Highway Safety thanks the sheriffs of Georgia for their commitment to keep Georgia citizens safe on our roadways in every county. With
approximately 1,400 crash deaths each year, by all measures crashes are the number one public safety issue in Georgia. By implementing data-driven, best-practices traffic safety programs in every one of Georgia's 159 counties, we will continue to see declines in
crash deaths and serious crash injuries. The added benefit is, when traffic safety improves other crimes go down," stated Bob Dallas, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Inc. is a professional organization that represents Georgia’s 159 elected sheriffs. The Association relies on the support of more than 70,000 Honorary Members throughout the state who recognize and value the services provided by the Constitutional Office of Sheriff. In addition to the valuable services that the Association offers to statewide law enforcement initiatives, GSA also sponsors
the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, Inc. which provides full-time residential care for Georgia's abused, abandoned, and neglected children.

Paulding County Sheriff's Office
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Dallas, GA 30132

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