Public safety officials converge for Mantracker

by Wes Mayer

Public safety personnel and law enforcement officers from all over Georgia are crowding to Coweta County this week for the 2014 Mantracker Public Safety Conference.

The event organized annually by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office runs through Thursday.

The main venue for the conference is the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road, but classes are also being held at sites around the county, including at the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office on Greison Trail, the Newnan-Coweta Airport – Whitlock Field on West Aviation Way, and the Newnan-Coweta Firearms Range on Old Corinth Road.

Classes cover multiple areas of law enforcement, such as canine tracking and detecting, firearms training, communication, criminal procedure, courtroom demeanor and more. There are also competitions among the law enforcement officers involving marksmanship and canine patrol teams.

Five training sessions are being held each day, and the conference will end with the “best cookout ever” for participants at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Last year, for the 20th anniversary of Mantracker, around 600 public safety personnel attended the event. The program was initially started by the Department of Corrections Fugitive Squad to train officers to track escaped felons, but budget cuts turned the program over to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The program continues to expand and add new programs and different training courses each year.



More Local

Sleep walking rape trial continues

Three witnesses were called to testify in Monday afternoon’s session of the trial of Benjamin Tyler Gray, 29, accused of rape after an ... Read More


County Commission meets tonight at 6

Minor changes to the retirement plan for county employees are on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commis ... Read More


Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers ove ... Read More


Two men found dead in double homicide

Two men were found dead in an apparent double homicide on Monday afternoon.  The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a ca ... Read More


Traffic re-routed on Jackson Street

Traffic is being rerouted on Jackson Street around the University of West Georgia project in downtown Newnan. The section of Jackson Street ... Read More

WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-lon ... Read More