A Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy has been honored for her efforts working with the community.
The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club presented Sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Spriggs with its Respect for Law award during a meeting Thursday night.
"The Optimist Club is of course a great organization and to be recognized by them for what I do in the community, what we all do in the community, is an honor," Spriggs said.
The club’s vice president, Russ Thomas, noted that Spriggs was being honored for her leadership over the years in various community outreach groups.
Those efforts include the local Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy and Seniors and Lawmen Together, or SALT, as well as her promotion of National Crime Prevention Month and work with local Neighborhood Watch groups.
Spriggs recently spearheaded efforts to establish Safe Kids Forsyth, which is part of the Safe Kids Georgia coalition. The organization focuses on preventing unintended childhood injury.
Sheriff Ted Paxton said Spriggs embraces her work and is energized by it.
"She does an outstanding job and I am truly honored that she is employed at the sheriff’s office," he said.
Spriggs said she feels lucky to work for an agency that allows deputies to conduct community outreach programs and sees the benefits of allowing them to do so.
She said the honor is motivating.
"This is certainly a boost, but the real boost is seeing the difference we make in people’s lives," Spriggs said.
The Optimist Club sponsors local sports and academic activities in an effort to positively influence the lives of youths.