The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

Keeping watch

We give a thumbs up this week to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Butch Conway for naming a deputy to watch over the work being done by the jail's contracted medical provider.

If the county stands to be held liable for the performance of the employees of Prison Health Services, we feel better if someone on the county payroll is supervising it.

Conway said his department pays PHS about $6 million a year to provide health care for inmates. Maj. Jim Hogan will supervise PHS employees on a full-time basis.

Hogan is a 26-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department. He has been second in command over jail administration since 1999.

Both the department and PHS came under scrutiny following the Oct. 17 death of Harriett Washington, a 43-year-old inmate awaiting trial for a cocaine possession charge.

After her death, inmates and a former PHS mental health counselor came forward with complaints about botched medications, lapses in medical documentation, patient neglect and staff indifference.

Conway said he has no reason to believe PHS isn't providing adequate services to inmates but admitted Washington's death influenced his decision to create a watchdog position.

Camera ready

In response to complaints from parents and bus drivers, Duluth police's Community Oriented Police Services division has started a bus stop safety initiative dubbed "Operation Safe Stop."

We give those involved in bringing this safety program to fruition a thumbs up.

A pilot program to mount cameras on the stop bar of school buses in the Duluth cluster is the latest of several measures targeting reckless drivers at bus stops. The cameras would activate when the stop bar is lowered.

The two-way cameras can record vehicles traveling toward and away from the bus. An officer can then trace the vehicle's tag number and issue the offender a citation.

The camera equipment was donated by a private company.

In the loop

The governor's signature is all that's needed for Georgia Gwinnett College students to get HOPE Scholarships.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that closes a loophole that left the state's newest college without the benefit of using the lottery-funded scholarships for mandatory student fees and books.

The state Senate has already passed the measure, so it will become law when Gov. Sonny Perdue signs on.

Applications for the college will be available on a Web site by the end of the month to prepare for the fall opening of the Lawrenceville institution.