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MEMBER SERVICES our officers attend these trainings by bringing them here locally." Not only are the classes made readily available, but there is also an incentive in place to attend these training sessions. Officers who go above the minimum requirement and participate in a certain amount of training reach the position of deputy first class, a higher rank within the agency that comes with an increase in pay. There is a similar incentive in place for those who work in the county jail. "We're on a goal to certify every detention officer," Hancock said. The certification - which involves local agency testing, a review board and physical fitness test - is also rewarded with a pay raise. "That's been real popular with the detention officers," he said. The types of training offered and the topics covered vary greatly from month to month and are often linked to relevant nationwide events. After the shooting of an unarmed black man by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Hancock and Crisp Count y reached out to the Department of Justice to obtain training for their own deputies. In May 2015, a speaker came and discussed civil rights issues involved with 21st century policing. Other training sessions focus on ways to reduce the risk of certain aspects of law enforcement. "They talk to officers about chasing and the liability factor of it," Hancock said, explaining that pursuits can be costly. He also brings in experts to address the emotional toll of the job on his deputies as well. "We brought Dr. Bobby Smith into the agency and he talked to officers about the stress level they're under," Hancock said. The informational session discussed the high rates of alcoholism and suicide among law enforcement officers and emphasized the importance of relieving tension and stress. Training is more than just listening to a speaker, however. The sheriff has also put several new programs and practices into place to apply the training to the job and keep losses under control. For example, there is a system in place to reduce the risk of incident or injury during a pursuit. "Our goal is to put the car on the interstate," he said. "We block the interstate. It doesn't allow them to get off where they now have to go through intersections and crossroads." This helps prevent accidents in more populated areas. Julie Dyer is a public safety risk consultant with LGRMS, and she has also seen the massive improvements in Crisp County's risk management recently. "Hancock is extremely pro-training," she said. "He wants them to get as much as they can possibly get." She also points out steps he's taken in the field to increase the safety of his deputies, including installing a GPS monitoring system on their vehicles. "That's not to monitor the officers," Dyer said. "But for safety reasons." She noted that - if Hancock is out of town, for instance - he gets notifications when an officer is driving at high speeds. He can follow up and this lets him know if there's is an emergency or a high-speed pursuit. "It keeps him updated on what's going on," she said. As a public safety risk consultant with a background in law enforcement, Dyer stresses the importance of a sheriff that focuses on the safety of his deputies. Crisp C ou n t y, G eo rg ia Your Recreation and Retirement Destination Crisp County Courthouse 510 North 7th Street Crisp County Government Center 210 South 7th Street Cordele, Georgia 31015 229-276-2672 phone * 229-276-2675 fax www.crispcounty.com (Pictured Left to Right): Back Row: Sam Farrow. JR, Wallace Mathis; Front Row: Larry D.Felton, Chairman Clark Henderson, James Nance Sound, Conservative Government By and For the People 753651_Crisp.indd 1 FALL 2016 www.accg.org 89 20/06/15 1:40 AM http://www.crispcounty.com http://www.crispcounty.com http://www.accg.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Director’s Message
Shaping the Future for Georgia’s Airports
First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
GASB 77 Tax Abatement Disclosures Reporting Requirements
Reforming Sales & Use Taxes for the Digital Age
Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
Independent Contractor or County Employee?
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Director’s Message
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - First Responder Wireless Network Readies for Next Steps
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Drones Take Flight: Opportunities and Challenges for Counties
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Examining the Rise in Georgia’s Foster Care Cases
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - ACCG 2016 Legislative Service Awards
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - New Cities and Incorporation in Georgia: County Implications
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Newton County Partners with Action Ministries, Inc. to Provide Hunger Relief
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Summer Georgia County Internship Program Highlights
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Transparency and Accountability: Being Held to a Higher Standard
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Recycling: Still a Win-Win for County Governments and Communities
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - 2016 Legislative Leadership Conference Preview
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Successfully Negotiating Service Delivery Strategy Agreements
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - DeKalb County Recognized for Innovative Procurement Practices by U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Reducing Risks: A Look at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office
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Georgia County Government - Fall 2016 - Independent Contractor or County Employee?
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