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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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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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