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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



champ-close-upThis Thursday, December 1, 2017 our office lost one of its beloved deputies- K-9 Deputy Champ.  Deputy Champ had been medically retired since October 2011.  He was gifted to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office by former Pepperell Middle School teacher Marilynn Etheridge (now deceased).  Mrs. Etheridge donated Champ in honor of her husband after his passing from cancer in 2005.

Champ, who had been the Etheridge’s family pet, was initially trained at the Alabama Canine Law Enforcement Officer’s Training champ-at-pkCenter, Inc.  Over the course of his career Deputy Champ received several certifications:  Alacanine, National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, Law Enforcement Training System, and North American Police Working Dog Association.  Champ’s service numbers are incredible.  He had over 13,000 community contacts in his first year of service and a career average of more than 200 demonstrations annually.

K-9 Deputy Champ’s Handler, Deputy Jimmy Allred, recalls fond memories of his partner:

champ-w-van“Champ and I spent an entire month together in a tiny apartment away from our family for training when he first started.  The night after he was certified he made his first arrest.  Champ found dope during a vehicle search.  I remember calling my wife and telling her how proud I was of Champ.  He was such an absolutely awesome dog.”

Deputy Champ was well known in the community and greatly loved by all he came in contact with.  We would like to thank Dr. Dan Pate, West Rome Animal Clinic and Lavender Mountain Hardware for supporting Deputy Champ during his retirement. Champ will be deeply missed.

school-w-champWe will honor the service of the K-9 Deputy by retiring his call number.  Please keep our K-9 Handler and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


On August 27th, 2016 at 7pm, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office C.HA.M.P.S. Program will host an old fashioned Red Back Hymnal benefit singing.  The benefit, sponsored by Shorter Avenue Baptist Church, will benefit C.H.A.M.P.S.

C.H.A.M.P.S. is a prevention-based program for 7th grade students which has been offered in Floyd County since 2005.  A partnership between four county schools, Darlington School, Georgia School for the Deaf and Unity Christian School, the C.H.A.M.P.S. curriculum educates youth about topics such as bullying, choices and consequences, internet safety, gangs, peer pressure, methamphetamine, alcohol and tobacco.

“There will be no ‘special’ groups coming in,” said Deputy Anna Banks C.H.A.M.P.S. Instructor, “but rather several different families and some church choirs. Some of the groups will come from as far away as Loganville, Georgia.”

The singing which will be held at Shorter Avenue Baptist Church located at 1410 Shorter Avenue in Rome is free and open to the public.   A love offering will be accepted at the benefit.  All proceeds will go to provide the C.H.A.M.P.S. Program with much needed materials and supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.  For more information contact Deputy Banks at 706-291-4111 ext. 8871.


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.