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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.