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You Heard it here: Hall County starts law enforcement awareness campaign
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In five days, a brainstorming session between Katie Crumley, Hall County Solicitor Stephanie Woodard and members of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office made it halfway across the country.

The idea: taking pictures with members of the community that “back the badge” and support law enforcement.

“From my standpoint, what I thought would be wonderful to see is some recognition and support for law enforcement that they usually don’t see, and it has done that tenfold,” said Crumley, the county’s public information officer.

Crumley said she and county officials are pleased with the result, seeing some pictures receive more than 1,000 likes on Facebook. Organizations across Hall County, she said, also have continued to send in pictures for posting.

“Every time I turn around, there’s a new photo,” Crumley said.

The idea made it to a correctional officer in Nebraska, who heard about the concept and voiced his support.

Crumley said the hope is that the “badge” represents all law enforcement from various jurisdictions and includes first responders.

People interested in “backing the badge” can take their own photo with the hashtag #backthebadge.
Crumley said she could also meet with people to take the photo with an officer. Crumley can be called at 770-297-5504.

Challenged Child director can’t stay away from job

Cathy Drerup joked Monday that when Challenged Child and Friends finds a new executive director, she’ll “try to retire again.”

“I don’t think I’m very good at it,” she said, laughing.

Drerup served as executive director of the Gainesville school 1988-2007 before returning in 2012. She planned to retire in mid-November when she was asked to fill the lead role again when Executive Director Amy Gates announced plans to resign.

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