Operation Second Chance
This program is a partnership between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and Society of Humane Friends of Georgia. The program began rescuing unwanted dogs in 2010 and was expanded in 2013, adding cats to the rescue effort.
Sheriff Conway provides shelter and training for the animals, allowing carefully screened inmates the opportunity to work with volunteer trainers to train the dogs and cats, while SOHFGA assumes all financial support of the animals and processes adoptions. Taxpayer dollars are not used to support Operation Second Chance, which has rescued over 300 dogs and more than 40 cats.
Beat the Heat
Sheriff Conway started a Beat the Heat Chapter with a race car donated by a friend. No tax payer dollars are used to support this program. Just one more way Sheriff Conway is caring for our children and our future.
Beat the HEAT, Inc. is a national, non-profit organization comprised of police officers and firefighters who conduct educational programs using marked emergency vehicle drag cars to gain the interest of the public.
Our mission is to reduce accidents and save lives by educating our community of the consequences of illegal street racing, distracted driving, and substance abuse. Our program also gives racers the opportunity to race against our team members in a safe, controlled environment where they can try to "Beat the Heat." We strive to educate the youth of our communities about the importance of staying in school.
In 2009, Sheriff Conway established the 287(g) federal immigration program, which allows specially trained deputies, under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to identify and place detainers on illegal immigrants arrested in Gwinnett County, leading to a substantial reduction in the jail population.
Sheriff Conway is helping to prepare our county's youth for future success through the Explorer program, which provides young people with an understanding of the role of law enforcement while encouraging them to become active in their community through service projects. Our Explorer Post #699 is one of the largest in the state and our young members are taught valuable skills, such as speaking and effective communication, as they explore a future career in law enforcement.
A longstanding supporter of the Special Olympics, Sheriff Conway and Major Mike Powell jumped on their Harleys and rode over 7,600 miles from Prudhoe bay, Alaska to Key West, Florida to raise money for this worthy charity. He also raises money throughout the year by participating in annual fundraisers, such as the Polar Plunge and Cops on Doughnut Shops. His dedication to these events each year have made Sheriff Conway and his office a top fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful
In 2015, Sheriff Conway received the prestigious Volunteer of the Decade Award for his support of the Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful Organization. He has implemented several programs within the Sheriff’s Office to recycle and conserve our resources.
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful writes, "Sheriff Conway has provided long-standing exceptional service to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. He has demonstrated dedication and commitment to building awareness of GCB programs; helped improve the operational efficiency of GCB services; and advanced GCB’s mission through talent and service. Conway has also led by example… Helping to stop litterers in action; developing model in-house energy-saving and waste reduction programs; recovering and properly disposing of unused, unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter drugs; and removing litter and debris from Gwinnett’s Innovation Gateway."
Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program (GRIP)
Sheriff Conway partnered with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta in 2011, committing $300,000 of drug forfeiture money, a donation which the United Way matched, to form the Gwinnett Reentry Intervention Program (GRIP). This program strives to reduce jail recidivism by pairing individuals exiting incarceration with community resources to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.
• Transitional Housing and Case Management
• Connection to mental and primary health services
• Employment assistance services
• Screening and application for benefits (SSI/SSDI, Food stamps)
• Financial Literacy courses
Relay for Life
Sheriff Conway and his office work year round to support the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life event. His office has one of the largest teams in the county supporting Relay for Life.
Jail Break Challenge
Hosted by Sheriff Conway and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, the Gwinnett Jail Break Challenge is a 5k Obstacle Run that has been designed to challenge athletes and runners of all levels. The event leads runners around the campus of the Gwinnett County Jail where they will encounter all levels of terrain, extreme obstacles, and possibly an “escaping inmate” to catch. Proceeds from the Jail Break Challenge benefit our youth mentoring programs.
Operation One Voice
Sheriff Conway is a proud sponsor of Operation One Voice, a program designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to raise funds to help support the immediate needs of children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces.