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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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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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