Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with a number of non-profit organizations and local businesses to provide a free Church Safety and Security Summit on Saturday, August 25th, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For the last several years the sheriff’s office has made an attempt to reach the local churches to educate their key leaders and staff about safety and security measures.
“Our goal with the summit is to empower pastors and church leaders with information to protect the men, women and children who attend our local churches,” commented Sergeant Carrie Edge, Public Information Officer. “Congregants deserve to enjoy worship without fearing for their safety.”
Unfortunately safety concerns are a real issue for churches in our society. During the summit, presenters will address these concerns and provide the information church leaders need to be prepared to take action if it is ever needed. The summit agenda will cover crucial security topics including: child safety and protection, developing a church safety plan; active shooter training; recognizing the signs of domestic violence and more.
Due to limited space and high interest, churches are asked to limit their attendees to four. Registration can be found by visiting Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com . All attendees are asked to register for this free event, as lunch will be served. Early registration is highly recommended to ensure a spot for your attendees.
Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office have launched a new sex offender registration and public notification program called OffenderWatch®. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will now be part of a nationwide network of over 5,000 law enforcement agencies. The new service is a user-friendly website that enables citizens to search for potentially dangerous sex offenders and predators that may be living near their homes, places of work, schools, churches and day care centers. The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and updated in real time by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.
As part of this new, innovative service, citizens may enter any address of interest to them, and see a map and listing of all offenders within a user defined radius (of .25 miles out to 2 miles). Citizens can then register the address to be continuously monitored by the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office will send to them an email alerting them if an offender or predator should register an address within the specified radius of their address. Citizens may confidentially register as many addresses as they like at no cost.
“Citizens have a right to know who may be living near them and could potentially pose a threat to their families. Through OffenderWatch®, our office can now provide Floyd County citizens with the most up to date information on all offenders registered in the state,” says Sheriff Burkhalter.
With this new program, the Sheriff has made web-based resources available to the public. These resources are designed to educate and inform the public on ways to keep their families safe. The goal is to lessen the anxiety of citizens by proactively alerting them should an offender/predator move within proximity to them. In turn, Floyd County citizens are provided the highest level of security and safety. The program also enables the sheriff office to verify that offender addresses do not violate any safety buffers that may be implemented around protected institutions such as schools, day cares and parks.
Citizens can access the OffenderWatch® registry at: http://www.sheriffalerts.com/cap_main.php?office=56538
From Your Sheriff:
This posting is to alert you about scams that typically follow the aftermath of natural disasters. Please use caution when dealing with companies that show up at your home unannounced to provide services like roofing, tree service, debris removal… Do your homework and be certain that the company is bonded, insured and reputable. Never pay a company upfront for work, and be leary of those who request payment in cash. Also look for those who require no contracts or use high-pressure sales tactics to get you to use their company.
If you have any questions about the reputability of any company, please feel free to contact Sheriff Burkhalter at 706-314-6218 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is saddened today as they mourn the loss of their beloved K-9 Duke. On Friday, April 28th, Duke performed his last duty with the sheriff’s office doing one of the things he loved most, school demonstrations. The day after his last demonstration with the amazing children and staff at Alto Park Elementary Duke fell ill. Duke spent his final hours with his family- the Allred’s. Deputy Allred, Duke’s partner, held him in his arms until Duke’s watch ended at 1:50pm on April 30th.
On March 24, 2017, K-9 Duke was carried to West Rome Animal Clinic where he was diagnosed with an abdominal bleed. Duke underwent emergency surgery to remove a ruptured tumor from his spleen. The surgery went well and Duke recovered quickly.
A biopsy of the tumor was sent to the lab. Lab results indicated that the tumor was Hemangiosarcoma (Canine Cancer). Duke was referred to the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine Oncology Division. Oncologists at the University confirmed the diagnosis of malignant Hemangiosarcoma. At this point chemotherapy was ruled out as a viable treatment option.
Duke came home to Rome and was afforded the opportunity to do what he loved most, serve his community alongside of his Floyd County Sheriff’s Office family. He spent his last days doing his job as a Narcotics Detection K-9. Duke will be sorely missed by his family, the sheriff’s office and the community.
In June 2016 the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office initiated a thorough review of policies and procedures associated with suicide prevention. After experiencing an abnormal number of suicide related deaths in the jail in 2016 (two in one year), Sheriff Burkhalter and other administrators were determined to ensure that their staff were being properly trained and that policies aligned with national standards.
“We have always placed the highest priority on ensuring that we operate under the highest standards,” commented Sheriff Burkhalter. “Our stance is, and always has been, that not even one preventable death in the Floyd County Jail is acceptable. We have taken an oath to ensure the proper treatment of inmates and we will uphold that oath.”
In order to accomplish this task, the sheriff’s office sought the expertise of an outside source and engaged in a consultative relationship with Lindsay Hayes of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives. Mr. Hayes, an expert on suicides in jails and prisons, reviewed all policies and procedures associated with suicide for both the sheriff’s office and the jail’s contracted medical department. Hayes spent countless hours combing through policy, incident reports, medical records and various other documents of suicide attempts and completions that had taken place at Floyd County Jail. He also met with sheriff’s office administrators, staff, doctors and other jail medical providers. As a result of the consultation, the sheriff’s office implemented six hours of mandatory training in addition to other relevant in-service trainings. Mandatory training topics included suicide detection, suicide prevention, and basic lifesaving skills.
The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has had much success in just a short period of time with the new training initiative implemented in January 2017. In the last 110 days, the sheriff’s office jail division has prevented five suicide attempts. Additionally, in the same timeframe, staff have provided close supervision to 116 inmates who were placed on suicide precautions. On Friday, April 21, 2017 the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Command Staff recognized 15 jail staff for their role in preventing the five in-progress suicides. Those recognized with Life Saving Awards were Jail Officers Brittany Barton, Generrow Bradley, Curtis Cordle, Cynthia Dotson, Christopher Dutton, Corey Peck, Brent McCrobie, and Marla Smith; Deputies Vincent Banks, Brandy Davenport, Jeffrey Jackson, Christopher Johnson and Tisha Owens; Corporal Tony Boston; and Sergeant Dawn Casey.