HCSO 2023 Annual Report

Bailiff Joe Durrance Honored with Solicitor General Award for Exceptional Service HIGHLIGHTS HENRY Notable Highlights in 2023 for Henry County Sheriff's Office Court Operations

On October 6, 2023, the Henry County Sheriff's Office hosted a collaborative security committee meeting within the Henry County court system, assembling key stakeholders to address the safety of the courthouses. Judges from State, Superior, Magistrate, Probate, and Juvenile Courts were joined by representatives from the Clerk of Superior Court’s Office, the District Attorney's Office, and the Clerk of State Court’s Office. The meeting focused on internal and external security needs while maintaining compliance with safety regulations. Discussions encompassed various crucial topics including Standard Operating Procedures, Emergency Protocols, Continuity of Operations, Communications Protocols, Equipment Testing, and Employee Training. Emphasizing the significance of meticulous planning and sustained collaborative efforts, the meeting underscored the commitment of all stakeholders to ensure the security of the Henry County Courthouses.

Bailiff Joe Durrance of the Henry County Sheriff's Office was honored by State Court Solicitor General Pamela M. Bettis and Judge Lotti for his outstanding performance in a challenging five-day Vehicular Homicide trial in 2023. Durrance's proactive efforts in organizing the jury deliberation room and managing 116 exhibits, including large crash scene diagrams, demonstrated his dedication and foresight. Solicitor Bettis commended Durrance for going above and beyond during the trial, emphasizing his professionalism and commitment stating, "My staff and I are very thankful for Joe and his service to our citizens, litigants, and our judicial staff." Durrance's recognition highlights the vital contributions of court personnel in maintaining justice.

The HCSO Court Officers Embrace Resiliency Training for Enhanced Well-being and Performance

HCSO court officers participated in the 2023 Resiliency Training, facilitated by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. The training emphasized the importance of developing resilience skills for positive outcomes, including stronger work performance and enhanced overall health. With a focus on adaptability, the training aimed to make participants more resilient to change or unplanned events. Additionally, the program emphasized the improvement of interpersonal and intrapersonal communication, fostering healthier teams both at work and within the community they serve. The Henry County Sheriff's Office is committed to the well-being and professional development of its court officers through initiatives like resiliency training.


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