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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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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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