FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Larry Kenny Hughes was selected as the Georgia Jail Association’s Training Officer of the Year at the organization’s annual conference held at Brass Town Valley Resort in Young Harris, Ga.
The announcement was made on June 28 at the organization’s 25th annual awards banquet.
Hughes was nominated for the honor by Lt. James Poe.
In submitting the nomination, Poe wrote that Hughes, “has done an excellent job in the planning and implementation of the in-service training program for the detention center with little or no adverse effect to the staffing or manpower or day-to-day operations.”
Poe described Hughes as a “key contributor” to the implementation of the jail field training officer program. The program sets a standard for certified officers to maintain to be training officers for new jail employees.
In addition, Hughes has authored and implemented the deputy sheriff II (certified officers) field training program to allow a certified deputy to have a career path within the detention center.
In addition, Hughes coordinated with the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to conduct a certified jailer course at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
“He was solely responsible for the course curriculum and getting qualified instructors, as well as himself, to teach the 80-hour course,” said Poe.
To date, the agency has hosted two classes within the past two years.
Hughes serves as the assistant commander of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT).
He is responsible for the specialized training and tactics for the detention officers that are assigned to the team.
Hughes is currently coordinating with several metro agencies to implement a Multi-Jurisdictional Field Force Response Team that would allow a response of trained and equipped law enforcement personnel during times of civil unrest or riots.
Hughes joined the sheriff’s office in July 1998.
In addition to working in the detention center, he worked in the uniform patrol division and the warrant unit. Two years ago, he was assigned as the detention division training coordinator.