Category Archives: Community Service

Sheriff’s Office Attacks Scammers with Educational Programs

The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office announced today the appointment of John Upton as the agency’s Scam and Fraud Prevention Officer.  Among other duties, Upton will maintain on-line resources to inform the public regarding current scam schemes in the Rome/ Floyd County area.  The Sheriff’s Office will also provide for training of community groups and local businesses in fraud prevention and identification.

“Over the past several years we have worked to educate the public about this ever-evolving criminal activity,” commented Sheriff Burkhalter. “With the appointment of Mr. Upton, we will be able to utilize preventative programs to attack those who intend on preying on our citizens through scams.”

Mr. Upton recently retired from Georgia Highlands College where he served as the Director of Campus Safety.  He is also retired from law enforcement in Texas and New Jersey where he served as the chief administrator of several police and security agencies.  He was formally licensed and certified as a Texas Master Peace Officer and he is a graduate of Rutgers University.

For more information on how you can schedule a fraud prevention and identification program, please contact Mr. Upton at Visit the Sheriff’s Office website at or the office’s Facebook page for additional information about scams.


Floyd Against Drugs and Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Partner for Annual Drug Drop Off Event

Floyd Against Drugs (FAD) and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the annual drug drop off event at the Floyd County Jail on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9am- 12pm.  Members of the Knights of Columbus have also offered to lend a hand to help the drive-up drop off line move smoothly.


“This annual event is vital to the Floyd Against Drugs mission,” stated Catherine Fricks, FAD board member.  “Statistics show that medications are the leading cause of child poisoning. Offering a safe way to dispose of medications helps keep the children of Rome/ Floyd County safe.”


The drug drop off event will allow the public to properly dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications to keep them out of the wrong hands and local waterways.  The drugs will be incinerated on site in the lower parking lot of the jail.  The public is asked to bring prescription and over-the-counter drugs in a bag or other disposable container to drop off.


“The importance of the drug drop off event is accentuated when you think about the opioid epidemic our country is facing,” commented Sergeant Carrie Edge, Public Information Officer. “The vast majority of people who abuse medications, such as opioids, get their first exposure using other people’s prescriptions. This is one more reason to take full advantage of the event.”


The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is a state prescription drug disposal location.  If you are unable to make the event, drugs can be disposed of any day in the designated drop box in the Bonding Lobby.


“We hope the public understands the dangers of keeping expired or unused prescription drugs around the house,” commented Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell. “We encourage the public to partner with FAD and the Sheriff’s Office in the proper disposal of controlled and over-the-counter substances.”


Drug disposal locations can be found by visit or contact the Sheriff’s Office at 706-291-4111. For more information about Floyd Against Drugs or the drug drop event, visit



Deputy Jimmy Allred received a number of kudos from high school students involved in the College and Career Academy Criminal Justice program.  Students in this program are bused from the four local high schools to Northwest Georgia Technical College.  It was during one of their recent sessions that Deputy Allred shared about his role as a dog handler with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

“When I go out and talk to the students I talk to them about how I train my dog, how I work him, and what we do in general,” commented Deputy Jimmy Allred.  “They really enjoy when I tell stories and use demonstrations.”

The Sheriff’s Office received 20 letters, including one from Mary Frances Wright an adjunct professor at the college, thanking Deputy Allred and applauding his service.Allred Thank Yous 012016

“We appreciate all you and Duke do for our community,” Ms. Wright wrote in her letter. “It was the ultimate compliment that my daughter wanted to come and listen because she thought you were ‘cool’.”

Student participants were highly complementary of Deputy Allred’s presentation.  They stated that they were “inspired” and “impressed how Duke worked and acted”.  Participants were very interested in the demonstration commenting on “how Duke sniffed out the rag” that had the residue of drugs on it.  They also liked Deputy Allred’s “great sense of humor”.  One student said that Allred was the “best presenter” they had in the “whole two years of Criminal Justice”.  Students thanked Allred repeatedly in their letters for taking time out to come speak with them.  They showed tremendous gratitude for his service to the community.

For more information about the community programs that are offered by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office visit and click the “Community Programs” tab.


Well, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Only a few shopping days left until the big day and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) would like to ensure a safe and memorable Christmas for you and yours.  This is a busy time of year when many become distracted and careless exposing their vulnerabilities making them susceptible to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too prepared, careful or aware.  The FCSO hope the information below will provide you safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

Merry Christmas from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office!

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • Park as close to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Choose ATMs that is located inside a well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible; go with someone if you must shop at night
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet.
  • Even though you are busy or preoccupied, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping. If your child is separated from, teach them to go to a store clerk and ask for help.
  • Children should never be allowed to go to the restroom or car alone; never leave children alone.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. Be sure you maintain clear visibility and freedom of motion.
  • Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. If you must leave something in your vehicle, lock it in the trunk or be sure it is out of sight.
  • Always locate your keys and have them in hand prior to going to your car.
  • Secure your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door. If possible, use the child safety belt on your shopping cart to secure the handle of purses, bags, etc. to deter theft.
  • Be wary strangers approaching you; “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • If you are away from your home for a long period of time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Put indoor and outdoor lights on an a timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Place live Christmas trees in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
  • Only donate to recognized charitable organizations. It is not uncommon for thieves to take advantage of the generosity of the season.
  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all or establish alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
  • Have something high in protein to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
  • Never drink and drive.

Questions About Visiting a Loved One During the Holidays?

We want to ensure that you can schedule a visit with your loved one for the holidays.  Below is the information you need to do so; we hope you find this information and our service during the holidays helpful.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to wish you and yours a very happy and safe holidays!

To schedule a video visit with an inmate you must first pre-register on-line through  Pre-registration can be done in the comforts of your home or here in the visitation lobby at the visitor kiosk.   The lobby is open, even through the holidays, Monday through Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Once you have pre-registered, you can now schedule a visit by using your email address and password on-line at or come by the visitation lobby and shedule a video visit at the jail.  Staff are available at the jail to provide you with face-to-face assistance with registration and visitation scheduling.

Remember to schedule all persons who plan to participate in the video visit at least 24 hours prior to the actual visit.  Failure to do so may result in an inability to participate in the visit.

Remember, visitation at the jail is from 8:25am -11:45am and from 1:25pm-4:20pm Monday through Sunday.  Inmates may have 2 visits at the jail weekly; visits are 20 minutes long.

For more information, contact the Visitation Help Desk at 706-314-6211.