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The Georgia Constitution mandates that each county has a sheriff, and legislation designates the sheriff as the chief law enforcement officer in the county. In most counties with a sheriff and a county police department, the sheriff voluntarily relinquishes the general law enforcement responsibilities to the county police department, although he cannot be forced to do so. The sheriff retains the authority to intervene in any law enforcement effort within the county when he felt compelled to do so. This includes actions initiated by deputies of this agency who have witnessed a violation of law or in the absence of a county police officer.

1. As a Law Enforcement Officer: The sheriff has the responsibility of protecting life and property and for preservation of the public peace. This includes all law enforcement functions associated with those endeavors.

2. As an Officer of the Court: In addition to providing physical security in the courtrooms and courthouse, the sheriff must serve as bailiff to the superior court or designate deputies to serve in that capacity. Bailiff duties include escorting juries to the courtroom, and if requested to do so, to their meals and hotel rooms. Bailiffs otherwise attend to the needs of the jury and guard them against outside influences. The sheriff is charged with serving all court summons, including subpoenas and civil process papers. In addition, the sheriff must execute all court-ordered levies on property to satisfy judgments- in court actions. The sheriff is also responsible for the transportation of mentally ill residents of his county to mental health emergency receiving facilities.

3. As a Detention Officer: The sheriff is the official jailer of the county and is responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of all inmates. The courts have established strict guidelines that the sheriff must follow in providing these things to his inmates. The sheriff is also responsible for preventing the escape of inmates from the jail.

(April 22, 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia) The Gun Buy Back initiative project was developed through a partnership of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta Police Department, FCSO Chaplaincy Program, and concerned members of the community group, S.A.V.E., an acronym for Stop Atlanta Violence Effectively.  The group’s goal is to do more than just talk about gun violence in Fulton County but to actively reduce the number of weapons in the community through programs and education. 


The “No Questions Asked” policy of the Gun Buy Back program ensures that anyone who brings a weapon or unused ammunition to surrender will receive a cash payment without fear of interrogation. Inoperable weapons will be purchased at a reduced rate.  All weapons will be inspected on site.


The goal is to raise $100,000 to support the Gun Buy Back.  This amount is a demonstration of the commitment by the group to make the streets of Atlanta safer.


S.A.V.E. founder, Rev. R.L. White says, “After being in ministry for 48 years and having officiated at more than a thousand funerals, I have had to look in the faces of loved ones who have been devastated by gun violence perpetrated by someone who decides to play God. Many of the funerals have been for children playing with guns, victims of domestic violence, or friends whose arguments escalated.  Every gun acquired is one more gun that will never hurt anyone else again.”


Sheriff Ted Jackson agrees, “Gun Buy Back programs are effective deterrents to violence in our communities.  Public safety depends upon gun owners being responsible with firearms.  Proper disposal of weapons is a big part of that.  This initiative will provide a safe way to discard unwanted weapons and members of the community can do their part to protect their neighbors from harm.”

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Be Seen, Be Safe: FCSO Earns Grant to Promote Road Safety

(November 17, 2015 - Atlanta, Georgia) Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson is pleased to announce the agency is a recipient of a grant to encourage young citizens to Be Seen and Be Safe on the roadways to prevent students from being involved in vehicular crashes. This grant award will be used to fund the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program. Deputies from the Community Outreach Section will teach the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration Children Pedestrian safety curriculum to elementary school children in Fulton County.  Sheriff Jackson is grateful to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) which has been granted federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to promote the development and implementation of innovative programs to address highway safety problems relating to alcohol/impaired driving, speed, pedestrian & bicycle safety, motorcycle safety, occupant protection and traffic records. 

The grant award for $17,900 will fund reflective safety vests, helmets, and other items to increase their visibility on the streets and protect them from harm. The Sheriff’s Office is also planning to coordinate the agency’s first bike rodeo in the spring.

This is the second grant award earned by the FCSO for this purpose from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The first was in 2013. The aim of this program is to teach children and encourage them to pass along the lessons to their peers and parents to increase awareness and prevent students from being injured in accidents.

According to researchers, children ages 0 - 19 die from motor vehicle crashes more than any other cause in the United States. Accidents kill one million children around the world each year and permanently disable many more. Almost all of the injuries are preventable. [Sources: CDC.gov and SafeKids.org]

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping children and families safe. The agency’s Constitutional mandate requires that deputies provide support and educational services to the community as a method of preventing and reducing crime.


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The GA Fulton VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the GA Fulton VINE system is (877) 994-8463.  This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status. Click here to VineLink