Special to the Enterprise
Nationally renowned and televised drug expert Jesse Hambrick will be coming back to Brantley County to talk to local agencies, schools and the community about the harsh realities of drug use in a piece entitled Dangerous Youth Drug Trends local officials told the Enterprise this week.
At last week’s meeting of the Brantley County Rallying Our Community and Kids against Substance abuse (ROCKS) team, the group proposed bringing Hambrick back this year on April 11 and 12 to help educate the community about drug trends in the area.
This year’s program will spotlight methamphetimine use as well as prescription drugs –both of which have been identified by ROCKS team members and local law enforcement as being some of the biggest catalyst to drug-related crime in Brantley.
Sergeant Jessie Hambrick has been featured in hundreds of news articls and television programs including a documentary for Georgia Public Broadcasting, A&E’s “Meth and in the City”, Austrian television, the Atlanta Business Chronicles and the Christian Index because of his extensive knowledge of drug habits in the area due to several years in law enforcement.
Hambrick is currently a Sergeant with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in charge of Drug and Gang Prevention and he is the acting supervisor for 11 school resource officers as well as the Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit. Additionally, Jesse supervises the Meth Task Force. His position was created around his efforts to assist the community in better understanding illegal narcotics and illegal street gangs, assisting family members in getting addicts as well as youth involved in gang related activities into treatment rather than incarceration, as well as providing constant intelligence to the front line officers on the illegal distribution and manufacturing of illegal narcotics and gang related activity.
His experience includes having been assigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office for over 5 years as well as another 5 years assigned to the West Georgia Drug Task Force as a narcotics investigator. In this capacity, his primary responsibility was to identify, investigate and prosecute those persons involved in the possession and distribution of illegal narcotics – specifically Methamphetamine. Hambrick is currently a Clandestine Laboratory Certified Technician, a Tactical Entry Specialist for Meth Labs, as well as a certified Clandestine Laboratory Site Safety Supervisor through the DEA. He is trained to respond to and manage hazardous materials scenes resulting from Methamphetamine Clandestine Laboratories.
Hambrick is currently one of the primary officers in Douglas County that documents and investigates gang related activities which include drug sales, vandalism and other violent crimes. In the past ten years he has conducted both large and small scale gang investigations which have given him the opportunity to become well versed in gang related activity locally and throughout the United States. He has attended local gang schools as well as specialized gang schools in the southeast United States.
From these experiences, he developed and now teaches several different courses to local law enforcement, private citizens, volunteer groups and school administrators in the area of drug abuse recognition and identification as well as on understanding Georgia’s gang law. Through these classes, he has worked with over 50,000 community leaders, teachers, law enforcement, and treatment providers to recognize signs of illegal drug use and gang involvement.
Hambrick is also the coordinator of Douglas County’s Methamphetamine Task Force. This group is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agents, public service professionals, public school administrators and private citizens. The task force’s main objective is to combat the Methamphetamine problem in the county through prevention, education, treatment and enforcement. The Douglas County Meth Task Force was the first of its kind in Georgia and now a model for other such groups both state and nationwide.
The ROCKS team also announced several other events that will be coming up including a massive 500-bag food drop at Nahunta Elementary School – up from 400 at the last drop – on March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Laura Kelley with Family Connection said that, this year, the group would begin putting all sign-up information on the back of flyers that will be available at all schools and churches and hopefully groceries stores. The group is also asking for volunteers who would help facilitate the event from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The group will also be assisting the Brantley County Sheriff’s Office in yet another Drug Take-back Day Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The main drop-offs will be at the city hall in Hoboken, the courthouse and the corner of Hwy. 82 and Browntown Road.
The goal has been to help residents legally and safely dispose of their old or unneeded prescription drugs to help lower incidents of medication theft.
The county has regularly began bringing in several pounds of medication by holding the take-backs multiple times a year.
The father-daughter dance has also been scheduled for April 20 with the theme Cowboys and Angels.