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The Office of the Sheriff believes that in order for any agency to truly succeed and make positive advancements, it must outline and make certain that its core values are clear to the members that represent it.  The Sheriff has reinforced this concept through many different venues and he continues to look for additional methods to promote values and esprit de core amongst the department on a daily basis.  Once such concept that was brought to fruition shortly after he took office was the seven-pointed star that associates seven different values to each point.

Another method that the Sheriff placed emphasis on was the  implementation of a Mission Statement that represents what the department stands for.  This technique provides a written declaration of the department's core purpose, spells out its overall objectives, provides a path for its employees, and helps guide individuals in decision making.  This statement  is a constant reminder to both the deputies within the department and the citizens in which they serve.  It consists of the following statement:

"The mission of the Office of the Sheriff is to protect the peaceful against the violent.  To uphold the constitutional safeguards afforded to all. To promote an impartial and efficient organization for everyone regardless of race, age or gender.  All while working with the people of Franklin County to secure a safe and just future... One person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time."  

It is through the utilization of the seven-pointed star and the mission statement that leaders within the department have been able to make good sound strategic decisions.   These methods have also helped ensure staff members at the command level have been able to properly emphasize the current mission statement to their  subordinates and clarify their purposes and objectives without  personal agendas or bias standing in the way.


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Message from the Sheriff



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Even though it is July, the Office of the Sheriff wants to remind everyone that Operation Christmas Tree 2017 is just around the corner. This fund raiser was a big success last year and we expect it to be larger this year. Through the process of pre-sales, FCSO was able to help 12 Franklin County families greatly during Christmas of 2016. The comments from residents that purchased these 6'-8' Fraser Firs was so overwhelming, we are putting this information out to the public now. More details will be announced in a few months, but starting thinking about where you can put your gorgeous tree AND help needy families right here in our area.





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The Office of the Sheriff is reminding all residents about a recent phone scam. Caller claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and states you owe back taxes and/or fines. They say if the resident doesn't pay, the local sheriff's office will be coming to their home to arrest them. Obviously, this type call distresses our residents. This scammer wants your credit card information. DO NOT talk to these scammers, just hang up and certainly DO NOT give them your personal or credit card information. Most of these calls originate outside the United States. The IRS states they would not contact you in this manner and local law enforcement would not be called to arrest in this type situation.







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On Saturday, July 1st, the FCSO will contuct a Public Auction of Abandoned Vehicles and Other Items. Auction will be held at the Impound Lot located on Russell Street, off Orchard Avenue in Rocky Mount. Starting time will be 10AM. A full listing of items to be sold can be obtained by emailing Chad Sacra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All Vehicles and Property WILL BE SOLD AS ABANDONED PROPERTY UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 23-1 OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CODE and are sold AS-IS.






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Sheriff Overton announces the 2017 Citizen's Academy beginning August 14th and will go 12 weeks. We meet every Tuesday starting at 6PM. Meeting sight will be in Rocky Mount, class size will determine the location. Class is interactive and an exciting way to see how FCSO  is a "full service" organization. Class is free of charge and open to all residents of Franklin County. *A criminal records check is conducted on each applicant and the Office of the Sheriff reserves the right to deny acceptance to persons with a criminal history* For more info or to receive an application, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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