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Hall sheriff’s office recognized for DUI enforcement
Hall County Sheriff's Office awards
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and its deputies were honored this week for its DUI enforcement by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and its Golden Shield awards.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and its deputies were honored this week for its DUI enforcement by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and its Golden Shield awards. 

The Sheriff’s Office tied with Milledgeville Police for 2020 Agency of the Year and also received the 2020 Agency DUI Hero award for 653 DUI arrests, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The agency of the year award goes to law enforcement that “has demonstrated excellence in implementing innovative techniques in the detection and deterrence of traffic violations, DUI, and underage drinking prevention,” according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The DUI Hero award goes to the agency with the most DUI arrests for its size. 

“I’m very proud of our team for receiving these awards, but more importantly, for working so hard to get DUI offenders off of our community roadways,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement. “Deputy Thompson is a regular when it comes to these awards for his efforts serving the community. I’m honored to have him as a member of our agency.” 

Deputy John Thompson IV also received DUI Officer of the Year and Drug Recognition Expert honors. 

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