Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. March 30, 2011
- The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office was well represented at this year’s 11th Annual Appalachian Trail Traffic Enforcement Network (ATTEN) Banquet held March 25th in Ellijay, Georgia. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies has organized regional Traffic Enforcement Networks around the State of Georgia. There are currently fifteen regional traffic enforcement networks servicing all 159 counties in Georgia. The regional networks are open to all sworn law enforcement officers and prosecutors and are designed to enhance traffic enforcement activities through networking, training and legislation. The networks serve as a catalyst for traffic enforcement officers to voice their concerns and share ideas with their counterparts from other agencies in their region. Counties that participate in the ATTEN network are Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, Towns, Lumpkin, and Union.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office was awarded “D.U.I. Hero Agency of the Year” for arresting 444 impaired drivers, Underage Consumption Education and Enforcement and D.U.I. Agency of the Year. Deputy George Rose received the DUI Hero Award and Corporal Michael Wells received the MADD Dedicated Commitment Award. Deputies George Rose, John Brookshire, Christopher Bradshaw, Sergeant Daniel Higgins and Corporal Michael Wells all received the Bronze Golden Shield Award.
Photo from left to right: Blairsville Police Sergeant Rusty Walker, Emily Clines (MADD Georgia Executive Director) Major Edward Lacey, Deputy George Rose, Larry Hanawalt (MADD Cherokee Coordinator), Corporal Michael Wells, Ret. Lieutenant Eddie Gilmer of Ellijay Police, and Sgt. Daniel Higgins.