ATLANTA - Today Governor Brian Kemp announced the recipients of the 2019 Governor's Public Safety Awards (GPSA) at a ceremony in Forsyth recognizing public safety professionals for acts of heroism and for contributions to the profession. 


The GPSA program recognizes public safety professionals in the following two categories:


  • Act of Heroism - Recognizes those who performed an exceptional deed which resulted in saving lives and/or protecting property.
  • Outstanding Contribution which Enhanced the Profession - Job performance which had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the overall profession.


The Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) is pleased to celebrate four of our Community Supervision Officers who are recipients of this year’s Governor’s Public Safety Award for their acts of heroism. 


  • Brandon Long, Assistant Chief CSO, of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit; 
  • Telly Hartman, Community Supervision Officer II, and Nick Perry, Community Supervision Officer III of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit; and
  • Justin Ussery, Assistant Chief CSO, of the Enotah Judicial Circuit 


“DCS is proud to share in recognizing our brave and courageous enforcement officers for their unwavering commitment to Georgia's public safety," says DCS Commissioner Micheal W. Nail.  “We are especially proud to acknowledge the selfless service of the DCS Officers who received an award today. These officers are outstanding examples of the difference community supervision professionals are making in communities across our state”, added Nail.  


The award winners were announced during the 2019 Governor’s Public Safety Awards held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth, Ga on Friday, December 6, 2019.


About the Georgia Department of Community Supervision:


The Department of Community Supervision is responsible for the community-based supervision of more than 200,000 adult felony offenders, and Class A and Class B designated juvenile offenders.


It is the mission of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision to protect and serve all Georgia citizens through effective and efficient offender supervision in our communities while providing opportunities for successful outcomes. DCS employs evidence-based practices to hold offenders accountable and reduce the state’s recidivism rate. For more information, visit


Media Contacts:


Brian Tukes, Director of External Affairs

Georgia Department of Community Supervision 



Jamelle Washington, Public Information Officer 

Georgia Department of Community Supervision