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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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Due to extremely high demand, our March CRASE Event is now FULL. We have created a another event for Thursday, April 12th, at the Franklin Center (50 Claiborne Ave, Rocky Mount, VA) from 6PM - 8PM. Sheriff Bill Overton is making this sessions FREE to the public, but you must pre-register. Pre-registration is done by calling the Franklin Center at 540-483-0179. This seminar attempts to help our residents in a course of action they would take if faced with an active shooter situation. REMEMBER: The March class is full, this new class is April 12th. To see the flyer, look on this page, above and to the left side bar. See "View All Flyers Here", click this link, click on "April 12, 2018 CRASE EVENT."






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Franklin County Sheriff's Office is encouraging all of our residents to Don't Drink and Drive. Sheriff Bill Overton said, "Safe driving, especially in today's world, takes all of our skills to be sharp and attentive. Remembering. alcohol is a drug and can impair our skills.  Our officers are looking for unsafe drivers and are intent on stopping those that exhibit impaired conditions. We certainly appreciate our residents when they see someone driving poorly, calling our 911 Dispatch Center and help us find these drivers. We are all in this together and I want everyone to return home safe to their families."






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The Virginia Sheriff's Institute Scholarship procedure is now open. Please note that the process for applying for the Virginia Sheriff's Institute scholarship is being conducted completely online this year. The deadline for application is May, 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying, you will need a letter of recommendation from Sheriff Overton. Please contact Captain Phillip Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address and telephone number. You will be contacted by the Sheriff's Office to schedule an appointment with Sheriff Overton. The website for VSI will provide the application and answer all questions you may have. Here is the website:






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NRA Basic Pistol Training Course is being offered by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on March 17, 2018. Cost of class is $50 per person and is due DAY OF CLASS. Cost includes instruction, materials, range qualifications and certificate of completion. Each participant will receive a hardback copy of NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting to take home with them. If interested, scroll up, near the top LEFT of this page. See "View All Flyers Here". Click on that and see "NRA Basic Pistol Course". Click and print application flyer. Fill out completely and mail to: Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Attention Sgt. Darryl King, 70 East Court Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Seating is limited, sign up today.





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VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY HAS PLACED FRANKLIN COUNTY UNDER BURNING BAN. Until April 30th, our area is under a "Burning Ban" See our Home Page, under "View All Flyers Here" for more information.





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