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Authorities talk education and communication

Thomasville- An "Intelligence Networking Breakfast" is giving dozens of law enforcement personnel a chance to help strengthen their chain of communication. But one of the main focuses Friday morning was a sidebar. Officials presented $500 college scholarships to several high school students.

     "I plan to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, major in Political Science, with a minor maybe in English," says scholarship recipient Joshua Harris. From there, Harris wants to go into a law field of some sort. That's the main reason this event hit so close to home for him. "That's a service to my fellow man. So I figured I was very honored they chose me as a scholarship recipient out of a pool of many in our community," says Harris.

     The scholarships are given in honor of fallen law enforcement officers. From local agencies like those in Thomas County and Tallahassee, to state and federal organizations like the Georgia State Patrol and the U.S. Marshall's Service, law enforcement came from all over our region to attend. "We want to remember all of them. Because they've been good helpers and good citizens," says Assistant Chief District Attorney Jim Hardy.

     Now, the officers who are still on the job are helping one and other. This event is also an intelligence networking breakfast. It's designed to help the various authorities solve crimes together, and help them find out information. "It's a very valuable tool," says Hardy.

     And so, the value of information coupled with the value of learning this morning to create stronger citizens with a respect for the officials they broke bread with. "I would like to thank them so much for all the hard work they do putting their lives on the line for us," says Harris. Call it the strengthening of society.

     Two of the law enforcement personnel honored this morning worked in Thomas County. Former Thomasville Police Officer Brian Gay was killed in a car accident several years ago. And GBI agent Ken Collins died of cancer about the same time.

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