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Aug 04

Officer Geoffrey Norton

Posted on August 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM by Matt Boyd


Congratulations to Officer Geoffrey Norton, who graduated today from North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy.

Dec 30

Being a police officer more than a job

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 4:10 PM by Matt Boyd

Courtesy Marietta Daily Journal
by Charlie Sewell, columnist
Powder Springs Police Chief Charlie Sewell
Powder Springs Police Chief
Charlie Sewell
In the late ’60s and early ’70s there was a familiar saying: “If you don’t trust the police, next time you’re in trouble, call a hippie.” Today, we hear, “If you don’t trust the police, the next time you’re in trouble, call a protester.”

Some people are critical of police officers, but the minute they are in trouble, they call 911. All over Cobb County, more than a half million 911 calls were made for law enforcement assistance this year. Each and every time this happened, a police officer responded.

They are spit on, kicked, sliced and stabbed, scorned then sanctioned for doing their job correctly. The next day they are back on patrol saying “Thank you, man, can I have another.”

Being a police officer is more than a job, it is a way of life, and it provides society an opportunity for quality of life. In spite of savagery or sights that take your stomach, a police officer heads toward trouble as others flee. 

A desire to help those in need is one reason many police officers give for putting on the uniform. Each officer wants to help their community bond, to grow, and they want to face disaster with bravery. They often suffer from odd hours, ridicule, mockery and a starting salary barely adequate to feed a family of five, yet they journey into peril knowing it could be their last call. When they do return to serve another day, they are recycled like yesterday’s newspaper until someone calls for help.

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Dec 29

MDJ Article - Chief Sewell will retire after 42 years in law enforcement

Posted on December 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM by Matt Boyd

by Ricky Leroux
POWDER SPRINGS — After 42 years in law enforcement, Powder Springs Police Chief Charlie Sewell is retiring.

“I’m ready to start a new chapter,” Sewell said.

Sewell’s last day in the position will be Dec. 31; Deputy Police Chief John Robison will take his place as interim police chief until the city finds a replacement.

Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn said Sewell will be missed.

“We are so sorry to see him go, but (we) understand he’s had 42 wonderful years in law enforcement,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn said Sewell told her of his intentions about a week ago and she had to schedule a special-called meeting of the City Council to appoint Robison as interim chief because they didn’t have another regular meeting scheduled until Jan. 5.

The meeting to appoint Robison took place Monday night, and Vaughn said the City Council will make plans to find a permanent replacement at its Jan. 5 meeting.

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