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Sheriff's office starts street patrols
Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump made a campaign promise to run a proactive office that is more visible in the public eye.

He took a leap in that direction Monday when he unveiled two marked sheriff patrol cars.

"A lot of people asked me if I would put a couple of marked cars on the road," Jump said. "This is all a part of being more proactive about crime."

He noted the unveiling of the cars, the date of which was set weeks ago, comes just days after the tragic murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in Brunswick. But the patrol units are a sign Glynn County will not tolerate senseless acts, Jump said.

"I want to do whatever we can to curtail this crime that is going on," said Jump, whose department is involved in the Violent Crimes Task Force that includes city, county and school police.

Two deputies who are seasoned police officers will drive the cars and, among other things, will enforce traffic laws.

"Our main objective is to be visible," Jump said.

Deputy Justin Juliano, a former sergeant with the Brunswick Police Department, will drive one of the vehicles. Brian Paulk, a former Glynn County Police lieutenant, will drive the other.

They were in traditional sheriff uniforms Monday, rather than the suit and ties many deputies wear, when the cars were made public in front of the Glynn County Detention Center on I Street.

"I'm excited about it," Juliano said.

In addition to enforcing traffic, the deputies will respond to calls and assist Brunswick and Glynn County police.

"They will respond if they see laws being broken," Jump said.

Jump, who started his first four- year term in office in January, is also being more proactive in putting inmates to work.

Since Jump took office, inmate work details engaged in litter pick up and maintaining rights-of-way have increased around the county.

One inmate detail is working six days a week, and Jump plans to begin others as more detention officers earn the credentials to take crews outside of the detention center.

Currently only one detention officer is properly qualified.

His goal is to give inmates a sense of purpose and keep them from being idle during their time in prison. He has said previously he is tired of seeing inmates drinking coffee and playing cards.

The patrol division and the work details are part of what Jump said is his vision for a sheriff's office that is more responsive to the people of Glynn County.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at mhall@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 320.



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