Domestic violence in the community is a serious matter, and Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Collette Sprague knows what it takes to combat the problem and support its victims. For all of her work and tireless devotion to the cause, Sprague was honored this week with the Domestic Violence Officer of the Year Award by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force. Sprague, who serves as a Deputy in the Uniform Patrol Division, was nominated by her Sergeant, James Brown.
“She is patient when talking to victims, suspects and witnesses when working her cases,” SSgt.
Brown said in his nomination letter. “Deputy Sprague is compassionate and lends herself to hear the voices of the victims and offers whatever assistance she can, from trying to help them find a place to stay or just being that person the victim can talk to in that moment. “
North Precinct Commander 1st Lt. Brian Pearson echoed Brown’s sentiments, describing Sprague’s start-to-finish diligence in domestic violence cases. After responding to initial calls, she often obtains warrants on her own when they’re needed and stays informed on cases as they progress, according to Pearson.
Sprague was hired as a Jailer at the Sheriff’s Office in August of 2011. She graduated from the Police Academy in March of 2014 and transferred to patrol later that year. She has been assigned to patrol
for five years and has been with the Sheriff’s Office for eight.
“I’m so very proud of Deputy Sprague’s accomplishments in serving our community,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said. “Domestic violence cases are extremely challenging for law enforcement, but Deputy Sprague has become an expert in working through them with sensitivity and steady determination. She is absolutely deserving of this honor and is a valuable asset to the Sheriff’s Office and the county she serves.”
Stephanie Thompson, Assistant Solicitor-General, State Court of Hall County presented Sprague with the recognition on Tuesday, October 1, at the 15th Annual Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing in Gainesville.