This news has been received from:

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Aspiring Georgia sheriffs would have to earn their law enforcement certification before they pin on their badge under a bill advancing in the state Senate.

The Senate Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. It says that anyone who wants to file to run for sheriff in one of Georgia's 159 counties must already be certified by the state Peace Officers Standards and Training Council.

The council would have to attest that potential candidates haven't had their certification revoked, haven't been suspended in the past five years and aren't under any sanction from the council at the time they qualify.

Republican Sen. Randy Robertson of Cataula, who is sponsoring the measure, said the idea is to raise standards.

“I realized it was an opportunity to correct some things that throughout the years had maybe led to some issues within law enforcement of us maybe not getting the most qualified person, or in some cases maybe not the best person, for the job," Robertson told the committee.

Now, any sheriff elected who is not certified is required to complete training within six months. Probate judges are supposed to remove any sheriff who doesn't complete the training. Robertson said he couldn't think of any sheriff elected in recent years who failed to win certification. The Georgia Sheriffs' Association has long sought to require certification before running.

However, the requirement to be in good standing could trip up some sheriffs who have gotten into trouble. For example, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill had his certification put on probation in 2017, although the two-year sanction would have expired by the time Hill ran again in 2020. DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann retired in 2019, days before he dropped an appeal and the council revoked his certification.

Some senators questioned whether the move was necessary, but Georgia already imposes a long list of qualifications on sheriff's candidates, including that they be a U.S. citizen older than 25, have a high school diploma, have never been convicted of a felony and undergo a fingerprint check. Robertson also noted that some other elected positions require certain training.

“Is he an attorney?" Robertson asked. "Then he can’t run for district attorney either.”


Follow Jeff Amy on Twitter at

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Tags: Georgia, Associated Press

News Source:

Tags: news associated press associated press georgia associated press countries news associated press georgia sheriffs law enforcement county sheriff for sheriff for sheriff the council the council

UK Covid deaths plunge by 35% in a week with 290 fatalities and 7,434 cases in past 24 hours

Next News:

Thomas, Roberts lift Georgia State past South Alabama 82-73

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jalen Thomas and Justin Roberts scored 16 points apiece as Georgia State defeated South Alabama 82-73 on Saturday night.

Corey Allen added 15 points and Kane Williams had 13 points for Georgia State (14-5, 8-4 Sun Belt Conference), which won its sixth straight game.

John Pettway scored a career-high 30 points for the Jaguars (16-10, 10-7). Jamal West added 14 points, Michael Flowers had 12 points and six rebounds. Tyreke Locure, whose 14 points per game entering the contest ranked second on the Jaguars, shot only 14% in the game (1 of 7).

The Panthers improve to 2-1 against the Jaguars for the season. In the most recent matchup, Georgia State defeated South Alabama 84-81 last Friday.


For more AP college basketball coverage: and


This was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC,

Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Other News

  • Hit Hard by COVID Early, Albany Gets Mass Vaccination Site
  • Georgia is the sixth US state to exceed one million infections by covid-19
  • Three dead in Georgia plane crash
  • Woman reveals how to get stained pans sparkling in just three easy steps & it doesn’t require ANY cleaning products
  • Georgia deputy airlifted in critical condition, another wounded in shooting; manhunt underway: reports
  • Analysis: Nine Things You Should Know About Ranked-Choice Voting
  • Georgia Nonprofit Owner Arrested for False Statements After Allegedly Letting Criminals off the Hook
  • Georgia Bill Would Regulate People Who Pass out Absentee Ballot Applications
  • Measure Blocking Local Efforts to Defund Police Clears Georgia House
  • Virginia General Assembly Kills Bill to Require Equal Educational Opportunities Across All Schools
  • Three killed in plane crash after taking off from Georgia airport
  • Georgia football fans will love what said Cole Cubelic about the Dawgs
  • Podemos Laredo candidates are fined for a marijuana plantation
  • Four children and two adults were rescued from a sinking boat off the Georgia coast
  • Tennessee Trooper Charged With Choking, Punching Man
  • Georgia backs bill to teach drivers how to respond to cops
  • Georgia lawmakers advance bill to teach drivers how to behave with police
  • Georgia Senate advances bill to teach drivers how to respond to police
  • Josh Hawley Plan Would Require $15 Wage for Employees of Billion-Dollar Corporations