Georgia’s sheriffs meet in Jones County for day of appreciation

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – More than a quarter of Georgia’s 159 elected sheriffs attended the fourth annual Salute to the Georgia Sheriffs in Jones County on Thursday.

“It’s just a pleasure to be in a crowd that makes you feel at home and lets you know you’re appreciated,” Terry Norris, Executive Director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association said.

At a time when law enforcement feels push back, Norris wanted the state’s top cops to be thanked.

“Most people don’t realize the public truly supports law enforcement,” Norris said. “It’s no surprise that we had such a good turnout today as we have in past years.”

There were approximately 500 people that attended.

Sheriff Butch Reece of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office created the event four years ago as a way for law enforcement to fellowship statewide. He says, in trying times, being thanked for such a difficult job goes a long way.

“In this divided time, all law enforcement needs it, all over the nation,” Sheriff Reece said. “There’s so much going on and the vast, vast majority of law enforcement is just the best people you could ever deal with.”

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle  was a guest speaker, thanking the deputies in attendance for risking their lives every day. He, as well as the other speakers, said recent police shooting like those in Tulsa and Charlotte are taking a toll on law enforcement, especially in the hiring department.

“We try to tell them, go out, do your job, do the right thing, listen to people and we’ll be prayerful nothing happens to you or somebody else innocently,” Sheriff Reece said.

Tatnall County Sheriff Quinton Rush was awarded 2016 Sheriff of the Year.



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