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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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drug take back day 62588The Spring DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10AM - 2PM. Locations will be at Kroger - Westlake Area.....Kroger - Rocky Mount and Ferrum College Police Department. Click on "View All Flyers", go down near the bottom and click Spring Drug Take Back Day to see the details. No syringes, lancets, or sharps of any kind will be accepted. This event is in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rocky Mount Police Department and Ferrum College Police Department






S Mills Middle Sch 722f6Deputy Stephannie Mills, Franklin County Sheriff's Office Resource Officer, has been busy in 2019. She has been teaching on and bringing awareness to topics like gangs, bullying, dangers of social media and much more. She helps oversee the High Five Club at Middle School and is very interactive with the students. Go to our Flyers Section (middle left side of the home page) on our webpage and click on the Deputy Mills/Middle School Flyer for all the photos and details. Good job Deputy Mills.







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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has posted "Tips To Avoid Being Scammed" See on the left side of this home page, the wording "View All Flyers Here" and click on SCAMMERS . It is our hope everyone will read and follow these 10 easy suggestions on how to stop being a victim of a scammer. 






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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, 2019. 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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The purpose of this video is to drive home the point how important it is to encourage drivers to stop texting while driving. The facts are clear, texting and driving could lead to death. The Office of the Sheriff, on a monthly basis, attempts to keep the residents of Franklin County aware of this issue, plus drunk drivers, drugged drivers, and any other issues that can assist the public.This video has a funeral theme, so the content might be disturbing to some.

As Sheriff Bill Overton always says, "Please everyone return home safe to your families." Here is video link 






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