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10/22/2015 - Law Enforcement Career Fair Monday, Nov. 2

From the Newton Citizen...

COVINGTON — The upcoming career fair at Georgia Piedmont Technical College is a good opportunity for aspiring deputies and officers to connect with law enforcement agencies that are looking for good men and women to join their ranks.

The Law Enforcement Career Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 2, at Georgia Piedmont Technical College located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway in Covington.

About 15 agencies have committed to be on hand for the career fair, including the Conyers Police Department, Lawrenceville Police Department, Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Social Circle Police Department, as well as the FBI and state Department of Natural Resources.

Major Harry McCann, who is the director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GPTC, said recent negative publicity about law enforcement officers makes this is a critical time for agencies to recruit solid candidates.

“I have no doubt the majorly of people support law enforcement officers, but they are a silent majority. The negative voices are overpowering the people who support us,” he said.

As a result, McCann fears this perception may cause potentially qualified candidates to be hesitant about pursuing a career with a sheriff’s office or police department.

But that attitude could not only impact the quality of law enforcement overall, but could mean missed opportunities for having a meaningful career.

“This is a life-long career,” said McCann. “Once it gets in your blood, it’s there.”

He said he could cite countless examples of law enforcement officers who have donated their time and money to help others in need. For example, McCann pointed to a sheriff’s office deputy in Ohio who found two homeless teens sleeping in the lobby of the local jail. He took the two to Walmart, where he bought them new shoes, paid for a night in a hotel and then helped them and their mother find an apartment.

Closer to home, Conyers Police Department Officer Chris Burns found a homeless couple living in their car parked in the Salem Gate shopping center. They told the officer they were waiting for a check to come in after the first of the month. Officer Burns went to the bank and withdrew $60 of his own money and gave it to the couple, along with his business card. A few days later, the couple left an envelope for the officer at the police department with a note and $60 inside to repay him for his kindness.

McCann said these instances are part and parcel with being in law enforcement.

“It is an indescribable feeling for somebody who you have arrested to come back later and say, ‘Thank you, you saved my life,’” he said. “I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. Nothing else compares to the service that law enforcement officers provide.”