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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 uptonj@floydcountyga.org. Visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.floydsheriff.com or the office’s Facebook page for additional information about scams.



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 www.floydsheriff.com and click the “Community Programs” tab.