It’s called a driving simulator, and it allows a driver to be put into everyday driving and emergency response situations without actually being out on the road or in their vehicle. Not only that, but the simulator is mobile and it comes, literally, right to the doorstep of the desired location. The training is being conducted at the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office
This decision based driver program is presented by Local Government Risk Management Services, LGRMS. LGRMS is a service organization of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, ACCG, and the Georgia Municipal Association, GMA. ACCG and GMA’s Risk Management workers compensation and property/liability funds are financially supporting this program because of the unique and high risk driving situations that local government employees, specifically public safety personnel may be involved with on a daily basis.
The simulator is the key component of a decision based Public Safety Driver Training program. The drivers attend a 2 hour classroom/simulator training session that covered applicable Georgia requirements on emergency response driving, vehicle handling characteristics, physical driving conditions, and driving techniques to use during emergency response situations.
The deputies receive actual hands on training in the simulator. One or two deputies observe while the other sits in a realistic driver’s seat where he/she are put through a series of driving scenarios from a list of over 40 available scenarios. When a driver makes an incorrect decision, the instructor and others attending the training will critique what happened and discuss driving techniques that would improve the driving situation. Then the instructor can have the driver repeat the same scenario using the techniques covered. Each deputy will drive a number of skill and response based scenarios.
The primary LGRMS instructor is Julie Hyer, Public Safety Risk Consultant. Julie has been a Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training instructor for over 30 years. Her Georgia POST instructor certifications include: General, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Below 100 and Pursuit Immobilization Technique (PIT). Julie worked as an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor at the Georgia Public Safety Training
The Criminal Case of David Gibson former Spalding County Deputy Sheriff came to an end on Criminal Charges of sexual harassment and violation of his oath of office on Thursday in Spalding Superior Court. Gibson had been the subject of criminal charges of violation his oath of office, as well as civil law suits that will be scheduled for court at a later date. District attorney Benjamin D. Coker issued the following press release.
On June 8th, 2017, former Spalding County Sheriff’s Department Captain, David Wayne Gibson entered a non-negotiated plea to two counts of Violation of Oath of Office before Honorable Robert “Mack” Crawford in Spalding County Superior Court and was sentenced to ten years with the first three to be served in a State penitentiary. The State, represented by Benjamin D. Coker requested ten years with five to serve in prison. Judge Crawford sentenced Gibson to the ten serve three and granted first offender. The State objected to first offender. Mr. Gibson was also ordered to surrender his P.O.S.T. certification as part of his sentence. These charges stem from a G.B.I. investigation conducted at the request of the Griffin Circuit District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s office will have no further comment on this matter due to on going litigation in civil court.
The Griffin Police Department Investigative Services Division conducted an investigation involving embezzlement from two local businesses. Hughes Company and Oakley Pipeline and Grading both reported that they had several thousands of dollars stolen. Griffin Police Department’s Detective Lee Ward investigated the case and made an arrest on an employee of both businesses.
Amber L. Eubanks of Jackson Georgia was charged with 43 felony counts of Forgery, Theft by Taking, and One count of Identity Fraud. Ms. Eubanks was transported to the Spalding County Jail. This investigation is still ongoing and possible future charges pending.
The Griffin Police Department in conjunction with the Griffin-Spalding County School System received information regarding inappropriate actions by a teacher with students. The Griffin-Spalding County school system cooperated fully with The Griffin Police Department which subsequently resulted in an investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this time but has resulted in the arrest of a Brandy L. Nickels of Williamson Georgia. Ms. Nickels is initially charged with one count each of Child Molestation, Sodomy, Enticing a Child, Statutory Rape, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Battery. She is currently held at the Spalding County Jail. According to the lead Investigator, Dexter McCune the investigation is evolving and there is a possibility of future charges and or victims. The Griffin Police Department would like for anyone having information regarding this case to please call the Investigative Services Department at 770-229-6452.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GRIFFIN SPALDING SCHOOL SYSTEM.
The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) received information regarding possible inappropriate actions by a teacher with students. An internal investigation was opened immediately to determine the basis of the information. Quickly, a cooperative arrangement between Griffin-Spalding County School System personnel and members of the City of Griffin Police Department was established for purposes of expediting the investigation.
Ms. Brandy Nickles, a ninth grade teacher at Griffin High School, was placed on administrative leave and not allowed to return to the classroom while the investigation proceeded. As the process continued, Ms. Nickles resigned her position with the school and is no longer employed by the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The City of Griffin Police Department continued their work which led ultimately to charges being filed against Ms. Nickles for various offenses against children.
Ms. Nickles, age 41, is in her first year as a teacher in the Griffin-Spalding County School System but has experience as an educator in other Georgia counties.
Superintendent Jim Smith said, “This is a sad event for our school district and the students and families involved. Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of our students. We are thankful that information was given to us that allowed a swift resolution to a bad situation. In truth, it takes a person who notices something that doesn’t seem right to bring that information and suspicion to someone who can act on it. We have to be a community that doesn’t turn a blind eye to situations that appear suspicious. That’s how we protect our children. Also, I want to thank the City of Griffin Police Department and Chief Mike Yates for their complete cooperation in the investigation.”