Downs re­ceives Firearms In­struc­tor of the Year

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New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Sergeant Randy Downs re­ceived the Dale Moore­field award for Firearms In­struc­tor of the Year at the 2014 Ge­or­gia Law En­force­ment Firearms In­struc­tors (GALEFI) con­fer­ence on Aug. 26.

Downs be­gan his ca­reer with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of- fice in 1999 as a pa­trol deputy and be­came a pa­trol sergeant in 2006. Sergeant Downs has been the lead firearms in­struc­tor for six years, and in those years the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has had a 100 per­cent firearms qual­i­fi­ca­tion rate ev­ery year.

Sergeant Downs was rec­og­nized by Sher­iff Ezell Brown and Chief Deputy Jerry Carter Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The Dale Moore­field award was cre­ated by GALEFI in honor of Dale Moore­field, who was one of the char­ter mem­bers of GALEFI. This award is pre­sented to the in­struc­tor that the as­so­ci­a­tion feels con­trib­uted the most dur­ing the year to train­ing. This award has only been pre­sented to 17 in­struc­tors since the Ge­or­gia Law En­force­ment Firearms In­struc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion was formed in 1989.

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