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The Burden of Command


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John B. Edwards began his career in 1977 as a uniformed Deputy Sheriff at the Evans County Sheriff's Office. John joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 1978, where he worked as an undercover agent, a narcotics and smuggling investigator, and in general investigations. In 1992, John was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge and designed, staffed, and supervised the Tri-Circuit Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force. John returned to the Statesboro Regional Field Office as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in 1996. In 2000, John was appointed acting Special Agent in Charge of the Savannah Regional Drug Enforcement Office until 2001, when he returned to the Statesboro Regional Field Office as the Special Agent in Charge. In June of 2004, John served with F.B.I. and Secret Service as Co-Chair of Crisis Management during the Sea Island G-8 Summit. John retired from the GBI in October of 2008. John was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff in Evans County, Georgia in 2009 where he designed and implemented an Intelligence Led Policing Operation for the Evans County Sheriff's office. During this time Evans County was one of thirty agencies in the nation that was part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance's "Smart Policing Initiative" and Evans County was recognized as one of the ten best practices in the nation. In 2013, John as an executive board member became the manager of the peace officers association of Georgia and C.E.O. of J.B. Edwards and Associates consultants. John continues to teach many investigative management and leadership courses from originally designed curriculum throughout the country. John has lectured for The National Law Enforcement Institute, the Regional Counter Drug Academy, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriff's Association, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Justice Assistance, F.B.I. National Academy Associates and various Federal, State, and local Agencies. John served as an adjunct instructor, teaching his personally designed course, "The Burden of Command," at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University. John consults for both national and international police agencies and has published numerous articles regarding the management of criminal investigations, major incident management, and law enforcement operations. He currently conducts three-day seminars throughout the country centering on "The Burden of Command" philosophy.

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