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Pigs in the Park BBQ and Music Festival

The 2nd Annual Pigs in the Park BBQ and Music Festival will be held May 30-31, 2014.

See the FORMS page for contest rules and registration forms.

For more information go to and search for Pigs in the Park BBQ & Music Festival.

GNOA Sheriff Donnie Haralson Scholarship

The Georgia Narcotics Officers' Association awards a scholarship in honor of Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson. Sheriff Haralson was the Sheriff in Crisp County for 26 years and named "Sheriff of the Year" by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association in 2010.

Sheriff Haralson began his nearly four-decade professional law enforcement career in 1977 as an Officer with the Cordele Police Department and worked his way to Chief of Police. He was appointed Sheriff by Governor Joe Frank Harris in 1985 and subsequently elected by the people in 1986. Haralson held that office longer than any other Sheriff in Crisp County history.

Haralson served as President of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association and sat on its Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Public Safety Board, presided as Chairman for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and was Chairman for the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. Additionally, he was a long-standing member of the National Sheriffs’ Association.

Sheriff Haralson was a man of character and competence and a proven leader. During his tenure as President of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Sheriff Haralson positioned himself to offer his considerable skill and experience to all Sheriffs and citizens of our great state.

To apply for the GNOA Sheriff Donnie Haralson Scholarship for 2014, please download, complete, and submit the following form in accordance with instructions described by the guidance document.

GNOA Sheriff Donnie Haralson Scholarship Application

GNOA Scholarship Application Guidance

Maxey Grills are the official grills of GNOA

GNOA thanks Jim Maxey of Maxey Grills for his generous sponsorship of the Pigs in the Park event. Please check out the Maxey Grills website at and show support for those that support us.

We are seeking applications for the 2014 Joseph Whitehead Jr. Award

Joe Whitehead

To nominate a Unit, Group, or person for this annual award, please write a synopsis of qualifying accomplishments and send it to a GNOA Board member.

GNOA 2014 Annual Training Conference

August 4-8, Savannah, GA

More information coming very soon.

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