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The Citizens Academy is a partnership between the Office of the Sheriff and the citizens of the County.  This cooperation allows for more transparency of day to day operations and grants candidates an opportunity to get more involved in their community.  Individuals interested in volunteering are first screened for initial eligibility determination and after being selected, they are allowed entry into the twelve-week Citizens Academy.  This specific program is open to citizens who live and/or work in Franklin County, as  well as  family members  of  employees of the County.

The twelve-week Citizens Academy Program meets one evening per week and consists of classroom and hands-on instruction.  Attendees are taught various law enforcement subjects including: patrol  operations, criminal investigations, tactical operations, crime scene management, internal affairs, and special operations. In addition to classroom lecture, attendees are partnered with a road certified patrol deputy for more hands on instruction.

Several of the Citizens Academy Alumni have elected to receive an additional six weeks of follow-up training to go on and participate in the Citizens on Patrol Service (COPS).  These individuals are instrumental in providing additional services to the community such as: perform commercial and residential checks, help with traffic management, render first aid when necessary, provide funeral escorts, attend community social events, and perform community patrol services throughout the County.

For more information on the Citizens Academy or to receive additional instruction on volunteering with the Sheriff’s Office please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Message from the Sheriff

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NATIONAL CAR SEAT SAFETY WEEK SEPTEMBER 17-23

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Today, Sheriff Bill Overton emphasized the week of September 17-23 is National Car Seat Safety Week. He went on to speak about transporting young ones in vehicles and how they may not understand the importance of seat belts and car seat restraints. "As the driver of the vehicle, you are responsible for the care of all those who ride with you", Sheriff Overton said, "make sure all are properly buckled in and are ready to ride."

According to #TweensBuckleUp, there are many areas of statistical data which shows how life saving seats belts have been. Please double check to make sure all your passengers are properly buckled up.

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON SAYS, "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE"

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Sheriff Bill Overton says, "Please don't drink and drive. Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Be alert to warning signs. I want each of you to arrive home safe to your families. Please click on this video link.

https://youtu.be/8ti9KPb3iw4

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON ISSUES A SPECIAL MESSAGE ON SCAM

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF. PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-issues-urgent-warning-to-beware-irs-fbi-themed-ransomware-scam

 

 

 

 

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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF BILL OVERTON

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Sheriff Bill Overton spoke today about schools starting on Monday, August 14th, "Our schools will open on Monday and I am asking all residents to be vigilant and aware as school buses will, once again, be on our highways." Sheriff Overton stated, "Please be alert as the buses will be loading and unloading students, watch for increased vehicle traffic around our schools and be advised our deputies will be out in force monitoring the speed zones." The Office of the Sheriff wants everyone to arrive home safe to their families each day.

 

 

 

 

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