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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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SHERIFF BILL OVERTON ON HOLIDAY DRUNK/BUZZED DRIVERS

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SHERIFF OVERTON REMINDS RESIDENTS, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Today, Sheriff Bill Overton gave a special message concerning drunk/buzzed drivers in Franklin County. Sheriff Overton said, "This recent Christmas break and our upcoming New Year's holiday, statistically shows higher percentages of impaired drivers on our highways. The Office of the Sheriff is always in alert mode from these dangerous drivers, but we are more intent during these peak times. My wish is for our residents to be aware, our goal is focused on public safety. Please, DO NOT drink alcohol and get on the highway. Plan for a Designated Driver, stay overnight where you are (if possible) or just don't drink at all. Our desire is for everyone to return home safely."

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF'S OFFICE THANKS HELP ON TREE CUT DAY

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THANKS TO ALL OF OUR OPERATION CHRISTMAS TREE PARTNERS INVOLVED SO FAR
Franklin County Sheriff's Office wishes to take a moment and thank those in the business community and residents who have helped us up to this point. McDonald's of Rocky Mount - breakfast for the workers, Lowes's of Rocky Mount - supplies for the tree frames, Rocky Mount Hardwood - supplies for the tree frames, Matt Higgins - Franklin County resident, truck, trailer and cutter, Daniel Gray plus family - Franklin County resident, helped cut and load and all Franklin County Sheriff's Office volunteers and their families.

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF BILL OVERTON SPEAKS TO VETERANS

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Saturday, November 11th is Veteran's Day in our nation. Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton stated, "We honor all of our service men and women who have protected us and our freedoms both at home and abroad. Whereas Memorial Day is a moment to reflect on those that gave their lives for our country, Veteran's Day gives us the wonderful pleaesure to shake the hand of a service veteran who is still with us, and who we can express our deepest gratitude. To all veterans and especially those in Franklin County, I salute you."

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF BILL OVERTON OFFERS CRASE EVENT

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DATE IS NOVEMBER 28th (earlier misprint had it as the 18th).................November 28th is the correct date.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office offers a CRASE Event on November 28th. CRASE (Citizen's Response to An Active Shooter Event) will be held at the Franklin Center, 50 Claiborne Avenue in Rocky Mount. Meeting will be from 6PM-8PM and is FREE to the public. Seating is limited and this event is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. Go the the Franklin County Sheriff's Office Facebook site called STANDING WATCH to see flyer. Pre-register by calling 540-483-0179 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS TREE 2017 IS UNDERWAY

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Sheriff Bill Overton announces Operation Christmas Tree 2017 is up and running. Through the process of pre-sales, FCSO was able to help 12 Franklin County families greatly during Christmas of 2016. These beautiful Fraser Fir trees will be 6' to 8' in height and trimmed to your specifications on pick up day. For a donation of ONLY $30 per tree, you can have one of these fantastic trees.  Contact Deputy H. L. Nolen if you would like a tree at 540-814-1724. Trees will be cut on 11/18 to guarantee freshness.

 

 

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