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The Patrol Division is responsible for approximately 728 square miles of land mass and waterways that are divided into two  separate zones -- the East Zone and the West Zone.  Each zone is further broken down into three sectors, excluding the town of Rocky Mount, which is allotted its own separate zone.  This breakdown of patrol districts not only allows for a more concentrated effort of focus for each assigned deputy, it also allows for a quicker response time and more personalized service to the citizens of the County.

Deputies assigned to the Patrol Division are primarily responsible for enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia and any local statues and ordinances.  They are also required to provide a range of other duties to the citizens of the County including: help locate runway juveniles, provide traffic safety, execute car unlocks, work criminal investigations, and other additional duties as deemed  necessary.

Individuals seeking employment in the Patrol Division must undergo a rigorous screening process to help ensure that only the most qualified candidates are allowed into this demanding field of labor.  This rigorous screening process includes: reading and comprehension testing, physical agility testing, one or more panel interviews, a lifestyle polygraph test, and a thorough  background investigation.  Only after an applicant passes all areas of the screening process can they be considered a viable candidate.

For more information on the Patrol Division please contact either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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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