A total of twenty-seven personnel are assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. E-mail address; wcsocid whitfieldcountyga. One detective is assigned exclusively to the Whitfield County School System who investigates all reported crimes within the schools. Additionally, the unit investigates other crimes which require specialized training or expertise, such as homicides, child abuse, sex crimes, forgery, computer crimes, and domestic violence.
The unit also conducts all internal investigations, polygraph examinations, and background investigations on prospective applicants. Under the command of Sgt. Daniel Rann, this division of seven executes search warrants, oversees asset forfeitures of drug money, and assists with vice related investigations. The narcotics investigators often participate in Task Force operations with other local, state, and federal agencies which generally result in the arrest of major traffickers and confiscations of substantial quantities of contraband.
The Narcotics Division works closely with the citizens of Whitfield County to make our community a safer place to live and work. The Crime Scene Investigators provide specialized expertise in evidence collection, documentation, and analysis for major crime scenes, and also assist with patrol as needed.
The Evidence Clerk oversees the proper entry and storage of collected evidence as well as the documentation and release of property to the appropriate owner. The telephone number is Changes, additions, and deletions from the registry are handled in this office with coordination from the GBI as well as other counties and states. The Sex Offender Registry is an awareness tool for the public to use for information regarding convicted sex offenders within the county and state.
The Georgia Sex Offender Registry can be viewed at: Georgia Sex Offender Registry The telephone number is The Uniform Patrol Division consists of a group of highly trained, responsive and dedicated officers. The men and women of this division perform the most visible and recognizable functions of the Sheriff's Office. The primary responsibilities of the Uniform Patrol Division are to provide proactive community patrols, answer calls for service, enforce criminal laws and county ordinances, provide traffic safety enforcement and maintain public peace and safety.
Deputies assigned to this division are, quite often, the agency's first line of defense and considered the "backbone" of the agency. The Uniform Patrol Division is comprised of four teams operating on a hour schedule with continuous 24 hour coverage. Each team consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant and several patrol officers. In addition, there are three Animal Control Officers amd a one K-9 unit. The responsibilities of the Court Services Division encompass a wide area of concern.
This division is charged with the duty of ensuring the security of the courtroom, potentially a very volatile place. Whitfield County has several different types of court that fall under the jurisdiction of the Court Services Division.
They are as follows: This is where most all criminal and major civil trials are held. There are four judges that handle the case load for Superior court. The court calendar runs from January through December. There are four judges that handle the case load for Magistrate Court. This court handles most traffic related offenses as well as the filing of Wills and other court related documentation. There is one judge that handles the case load for Probate Court.
This court handles all the cases involving juveniles in Whitfield County. There is one judge that handles the case load for juvenile court. In addition to handling the security for all Whitfield County Courts, Court Services Division is also responsible for serving arresting wanted persons criminal warrants and other court orders as issued by the judge of all the courts.
Also, every warrant that is issued by the Magistrate Court is forwarded to court services to be entered into the computer. If someone that has outstanding warrants in Whitfield County is arrested on these warrants in another state, Court Services is responsible for ensuring safe transportation of the prisoner back to Whitfield County to answer to their charges.
Size and Scope The Detention Facility is a four story, , sq ft. The Correctional Center serves 3 meals a day to an average of approximately inmates, which totals approximately , meals per year.
Contract food service workers, as well as inmate labor, is utilized to meet this need. During the course of a regular day, breakfast and lunch are served hot with the while the evening meal consists of sandwiches. All menus meet or exceed all of the daily requirements of calorie intake and special meals are provided upon request for persons with medical conditions or religious preference. There are a total of 85 staff members in the Detention Division.
This number includes nurses, detention officers, inmate work supervisors, central control staff, commissary staff, administrative staff and the county inmate work crew. The Correctional Center also maintains its own medical staff consisting of three nurses and a physician assistant who stays in contact with the physician on a daily basis, with visits from the physician on a weekly basis.
Sick call is held daily and the staff will see and treat approximately. Rehabilitative Work and Community Responsibility The Detention Division allows inmates to assist in the upkeep of the facility as well as providing services to other inmates and the citizens of Whitfield County. This work force is composed entirely of volunteers and presents many opportunities for inmates to be active and give back to their community. The inmates who work in these details are all hired through a security and medical background process conducted by Inmate Work Crew Personnel.
The use of inmate labor results in drastic reductions in facility costs as well as reducing the costs of county government.
Internal use of inmate labor alone, accounts for over 60, hours of free labor per year. Outside work details including mowing landscaping and mowing county property as well as providing manual labor for many projects in the community including work on the Miracle Field, cleanup and safety projects at local schools, as well as providing basic maintenance services at the jail, Center, Courthouse, and other locations.
The inmate work crew has provided well over 10, free man-hours on county projects in alone, while only utilizing approximately 1, man-hours of employee time. Outside Work Details are conducted on a regular basis, particularly during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall. These details include mowing around government buildings, removing trash from county roads, Graffiti removal, setting up and removing voting booths, and placing flags out for civic events, among other tasks.
This program progressed due to the support of the citizens of Whitfield County and at the request of Sheriff Scott Chitwood.
From the beginning, the goals of this unit have been to serve the community by removing dangerous criminal aliens, improving communication and cooperation with federal agencies and utilizing currently available resources available to best accomplish these tasks. The past year has seen the successful use of this program, which has benefitted the community by the removal of dangerous criminal aliens and removing the burden on the tax payers by releasing these individuals to their home nations, instead of maintaining aliens in state custody.
This program operates based on a series of reviews and background checks completed after an inmate is arrested for an Offense under Georgia Law.
This process has been successful in identifying individuals using false identifications as well as local and federal fugitives from Justice that would not have otherwise been identified. Inmate Services and Inspections The Detention Facility provides services and has certain expectations for inmates in custody. Many of these are outlined in the inmate handbook, available here: Inmate Handbook Visitation is conducted by video conference equipment found both onsite and at jailatm.
Individuals may visit onsite or pay a nominal fee to visit by video at home. This process is a benefit to many inmates, and families, in order to facilitate communications during difficult times. Visitation is subject to regulations and requirements of policy and the law.
Visitation policy and information can be found here: Employment Opportunities Individuals interested in a career with the Sheriff's Office are asked to apply online at the Whitfield County Commissionsrs' Website: There are regulations in place mandating a specified number of annual training hours for each certified officer.
In addition, this division strives to maintain a high level of additional classroom and firearms training to complement and enhance the mandatory training and to keep officers up to date on the latest methods, laws and information. We have a modern classroom facility located at Professional Blvd that is used for both mandated and specialized classroom training.
This classroom is equipped with all of the necessary technology, audio and video equipment to accommodate most types of instruction or presentation. Wireless Internet service is available as well. Though this training Center is used by our officers, it is also available to officers from other agencies and jurisdictions. This location offers multiple types of firearms training and instruction. In addition to the firing range there is also a classroom at this location to accommodate a mixture of training in one location.
The only way to successfully combat this serious threat is through a united effort by our law enforcement agencies and every citizen. These combined forces can have a great impact on crime, especially with community involvement and a responsible crime prevention program. It is our goal to control crime and to protect our citizens and their property to the best of our ability. The Crime Prevention Unit offers the following programs: