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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 OVERTON ANNOUCES CITIZENS ACADEMY 2108

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Sheriff Bill Overton announces the 2018 Citizen's Academy, offering this training FREE to the public. There is an application procedure. Classes begin on August 14th and end on October 30 and all classes are on Tuesdays (once a week). In the "View All Flyers", above, you will see the application. If interested, please fill out the back section and email, postal mail or bring by the Sheriff's Office. These classes are fantastic and you are guaranteed to learn things about the Office of the Sheriff you never knew. Plus, all graduates are allowed to apply for our COPS program, where you can volunteer some time to be very involved in our office. Class has a limited, so get you application in soon. Contact Sgt. Darryl King if you have questions, call 540-483-6850.

 

 

 

 

FCSO CONDUCTS DRUG INTERDICTION

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug interdiciton in several areas of our county recently. Arrests included DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of cociane, warrant service, possession with intent to distribute methamphetimine and many others. For more information, click on "View All Flyers" above and selected 051018 Drug Interdiction flyer. Thanks to all the men and women that participated in the interdiction and attempting to make our roadways more safe.

 

 

 

 

FCSO WARNS OF SECURITY SYSTEM SCAM

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May 8th - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office released a statement and memo pretaining to scams in our area. Sheriff Bill Overton released a memo and a 10 point statement concerning how to protect yourself from potential scammers. Scammers have attempted tax refund scams, lottery scams, bail money scams, utilities scams and many, many more. Go to the "View All Flyers" section of this website and click on "Scammers" OR visit our Facebook page (Standing Watch) to see the full press release. If it is too good to be true..............it probably is

 

 

 

 

MAY 19TH SET FOR NEXT NRA BASIC PISTOL COURSE

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Another NRA Pistol Course will be offered by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, May 19th. On this website, look above and find "View All Flyers Here". Clinck on 051918 NRA Pistol Course to see flyer. You will notice there is NO DATE on this flyer, but that is fine, just copy it and email to Sgt. Darryl King This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost of the course is $50 per person. Contact Sgt. King if you have any questions by using the mentioned email or calling him at 540-483-6850.

 

 

 

 

FCSO MESSAGE AS STORM APPROACHES

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for our area from around noon on Sunday, April 15th until midnight. A strong cold front is approaching our area from the west and will pass thur our region tonight. With the rain, there will also be high winds and powerful gusts. As with storms of this nature, there could be potential small stream flooding, flying debris and downed power lines. The Franklin County Sheriff's encourage everyone to stay off the roadways this afternoon and tonight. Stay in touch with your local weather media source.

 

 

 

 

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