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									Towns County                                                                 4070 St. Hwy 339

                                                                             Young Harris, GA 30582
Sheriff's Office
                                                                             Phone (706) 896-4444

                                                                             Fax (706) 896-3349

Press Release

Contact: Sheriff Chris Clinton                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: (706) 896-4444                                  March 20, 2008

         Sheriff’s Office and Police Department offer bank response training

The Towns County Sheriff’s Office and Hiawassee Police Department recently agreed
upon a common protocol for dealing with hold up alarms at each of our banks in Towns
County. In light of last years bank robberies local law enforcement has taken an active
role in being prepared.

Sheriff Chris Clinton and police chief Jimmy Wright offered a two-hour training session
for bank employees, 911 dispatchers and law enforcement personnel. Lieutenant Mark
Gerrels of Rabun County Sheriff’s Office helped teach the class. Lieutenant Gerrels is in
charge of courthouse security for Rabun County and is an experienced instructor with
numerous certifications in tactical and security related fields. Lieutenant Gerrels helped
develop the protocol, which was recently adopted by the Sheriff’s Office and Police

Employees of Stephens Federal, Bank of Hiawassee and Community Bank and Trust as
well as 911 operators, Hiawassee Police Officers and Young Harris College Police
Officers, attended the training.

During the training both Sheriff Clinton and Police Chief Wright expressed that safety of
bank employees and officers was important and that by working together our local law
enforcement was more effective.


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