2018-01-10 / For The Record

Sheriff’s office awarded grant

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office recently announced that it has been awarded a major traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

BCSO received the grant in recognition of its lifesaving work as the coordinating agency of GOHS’s East Central Traffic Enforcement Network, one of the 16 traffic enforcement networks across the state that help enforce Georgia’s year-round safety belt, speed and impaired driving campaigns.

“This is our way of supporting the Burke County Sheriff’s Office through its continued leadership via coordinator Sgt. Brandon Reeves and the East Central traffic enforcement network,” said GOHS Director of Law Enforcement Services Roger L. Hayes. “We want to make sure they can continue their region-wide efforts to protect Georgia motorists from drunk and otherwise dangerous drivers. They’ve proven their dedication and this grant serves not only as recognition for that hard work, but as means for continuing the GOHS mission of reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities on our roads.”

The East Central Traffic Enforcement Network includes law enforcement agencies in 11 counties: Burke, Richmond, Columbia, Jenkins, McDuffie, Jefferson, Warren, Glascock, Lincoln, Hancock and Taliaferro.

Sheriff Alfonzo Williams stated, “We are very appreciative of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and all of the support they provide to us as well as the entire state. We are working diligently to lower our crashes with injuries and fatalities and this will help us greatly during 2018 as well as result in a savings to local taxpayers.”

The GOHS grant awards $20.000 to the BCSO, with half to support the activities of the traffic enforcement network and half to be spent on traffic safety equipment for the sheriff ’s office. The coordinator in the East Central traffic enforcement network region will coordinate year-round waves of high visibility, concentrated patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints as a partner in campaigns such as Click It or Ticket, Operation Zero Tolerance and the Thunder Taskforce.

For more information, contact Sgt. Reeves at 706.554.2133 or email b.reeves@burkecountyga. gov. For more information on the grant program, call 404- 656-6996 or visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.

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