Training center named to honor sheriff
by Rebecca Johnston
May 22, 2013 11:50 PM | 2836 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Commissioner Harry Johnston, Commissioner Brian Poole, Sheriff Roger Garrison, Commissioner Jason A. Nelms, Chair Buzz Ahrens and Commissioner Raymond Gunnin. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners named the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Training Center the ‘Sheriff Roger Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center’ during a meeting Tuesday. <br> Staff/Samantha M. Shal
From left, Commissioner Harry Johnston, Commissioner Brian Poole, Sheriff Roger Garrison, Commissioner Jason A. Nelms, Chair Buzz Ahrens and Commissioner Raymond Gunnin. The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners named the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Training Center the ‘Sheriff Roger Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center’ during a meeting Tuesday.
Staff/Samantha M. Shal
slideshow
Sheriff Roger Garrison, left, receives a plaque from Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Director Archie Rainey, center, and Chief Deputy Vic West for his accomplishments in the county.
Sheriff Roger Garrison, left, receives a plaque from Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Director Archie Rainey, center, and Chief Deputy Vic West for his accomplishments in the county.
slideshow
CANTON — The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday named the new law enforcement training center set to open this summer in honor of Sheriff Roger Garrison.

Commissioner Jason Nelms read a proclamation that the board wanted to recognize and honor the accomplishments of Garrison for his lifelong service to law enforcement and the community by naming the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Training Center the “Sheriff Roger Garrison Law Enforcement Training Center.”

Dozens of Garrison’s family, colleagues and friends crowded the commissioners’ chambers for the presentation, which was a surprise for the sheriff.

Garrison appeared emotionally moved by the award, and thanked the commissioners for the honor.

“All I can really say is thank you,” he said.

The $2.3 million training center is expected to be complete by June and is now in the final stages of construction next to the Cherokee County Detention Center on Chattin Drive in Canton.

The training center will house a 6,600-square-foot shoot house, which can be configured interiorly as a school room, home or other settings and handle live rifle and pistol shooting. The center will also have 11,000 square feet of classroom space and additional sections for other training purposes.

A new firing range will be behind the building when completed.

Nelms read a long list of Garrison’s accomplishments, especially those related to his emphasis on training and education for officers with the department, in making the presentation.

“Sheriff Garrison has increased the education level of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office by providing 110 officers an opportunity to complete the Professional Management Program through the Law Enforcement Command College, through a partnership with Reinhardt University more than 60 officers have completed a bachelor’s degree and 26 officers have completed a master’s degree in Public Administration at Columbus State University through the Law Enforcement Command College,” Nelms read.

Nelms also pointed out that Garrison is a 1996 graduate of the FBI National Academy, a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program, holds an executive certification from the Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council, is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute and the Regional Leadership Institute in Atlanta.

“Whereas, Sheriff Garrison’s many accomplishments include agency state certification, becoming the first sheriff’s office in Georgia to receive national accreditation and maintains medical accreditation for the Adult Detention Center,” Nelms read from the resolution.

Nelms noted that Garrison was elected sheriff of Cherokee County in 1992 and is serving his sixth consecutive term, making him the longest serving sheriff in Cherokee County history.

Garrison has announced he will not seek another term in office.

Garrison’s chief deputy, Vic West, was on hand for the presentation.

“I am very proud for him; he wanted training to be his legacy and he has made that one of the major focuses of his administration, through training and education,” West said. “I can’t think of anything more fitting than having the training center named for Sheriff Garrison.”
Comments
(1)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Man of Truth
|
June 24, 2013
I believe the training center should reflect the names of Officers. Both from Law and Fire who have given their lives in the line of duty.
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides