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Posted on: December 14, 2015

Hall County Government launches 'Back the Badge' campaign

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Hall County Government is launching a social media campaign titled “Back the Badge” as a way to show support of—and solidarity with—local law enforcement.

The campaign will include pictures of law enforcement personnel with Hall County Government employees, citizens, local businesses and other groups holding signs that declare they “Back the Badge.”

"I am proud of our men and women in law enforcement. They strive daily to go above and beyond their call of duty to protect lives and defend civil liberties of the Hall County community" said Richard Mecum, chairman of the Hall County Commissioners. "As a former law enforcement officer, I view law enforcement as one of the more noble and selfless occupations in our society. Any public sign of support carries deep meaning for those carrying the badge."

Among the first to participate in the “Back the Badge” campaign is Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard. She and the employees of her office posed with Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Beverly outside of the Hall County Courthouse earlier this month. Those photos will be among the first shared on Hall County’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

“Law enforcement and public safety personnel are often the unsung heroes of thriving and successful communities like the one we have here in Gainesville-Hall County,” Woodard said. “It is my privilege and honor to participate in this campaign, and I encourage others to do the same.”
Anyone interested in participating in the “Back the Badge” campaign can make a sign that reflects their support of law enforcement, take a photo of themselves with the sign and upload it to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #backthebadge. They are also encouraged to tag Hall County Government (@hallcountygov) and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (@hallcountySO).

“I am incredibly humbled by the overwhelming support from this community, and I look forward to seeing the positive energy this will generate within the department,” Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch said. “The men and women who wear this badge day in and day out never do so for the purpose of recognition or praise, but because they feel called to serve and protect the citizens of Hall County. Nevertheless, this gesture will undoubtedly have more impact than words can possibly say.”

For more information about participating in the “Back the Badge” campaign, contact Hall County Public Information Officer Katie Crumley at 770-297-5504 or kcrumley@hallcounty.org.

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