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.”