Two Etowah County Sheriff’s Office deputies are being recognized for their outstanding performance, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
Enforcement Sgt. Paul Williams, Jr., has received the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from local VFW Post 2760.
Since 1997, Sgt. Williams has been a committed public servant to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.
Williams has served in number of positions at the sheriff’s office, Entrekin said, rising through the ranks. He has served in the detention center, in investigation and as a deputy sheriff.
In each job that Sgt. Williams has had, he has displayed dedication to his official responsibilities and growth and experience in law enforcement and his interpersonal relationships.
“Paul is one of our most loyal, knowledgeable and patient deputies,” said Sheriff Entrekin. “The wisdom and guidance he provides to other deputies is invaluable.”
Detention Deputy Scott Dillard received special achievement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for his dedication and contribution to the 287(g) program within the Etowah County Detention Center.
As a 287(g) officer, Deputy Dillard coordinates and ensures the efficient and effective operation of the program inside the detention center and leads the state in 287(g) delegation of immigration cases.
Entrekin said, “Scott has contributed greatly to our nation’s security by identifying those criminal aliens who threaten the security of our communities.”
According to www.ice.gov, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, enforces federal immigration laws as part of its homeland security mission.
ICE works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners in this mission.
The 287(g) program, one of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The state or local entity receives delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.”
Both deputies were presented with their awards at the May 20 Etowah County Commission meeting in the Etowah County Courthouse.