More than 250 Georgia Parole Board employees, including three from Valdosta, worked in coastal Georgia from June 5-11 providing security for the G-8 Summit.

Parole officers, chief parole officers and others worked at prisoner processing sites, venue security, and on immediate response teams during the summit.

Valdosta Parole Officers Columbus Carter, Coleman Lynn and Mark Schultz were among security forces on the Georgia coast. They were assigned to various duties during the G-8 Summit, stationed on St. Simons Island.

Carter and Lynn were assigned to provide security at the McKinnon Airport, located on St. Simons Island. President Bush and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice visited officers stationed at this location on June 8.

Schultz was assigned to provide security at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island, where dignitaries, White House staff and members of the G-8 Planning Committee lodged while the coastal area.

Schultz said approximately 15 protesters were turned away on June 8 after launching boats from the King and Prince Hotel location, attempting to get to Sea Island.

Training for law enforcement officers assigned to G-8 duty began in December, after officials announced that the summit would be held in Georgia. There were no major injuries to officials, law enforcement officers or protesters during the three-day summit.

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