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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.

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Sheriff Ted Jackson welcomes the public to participate in the Citizen’s Academy sponsored by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.  This will be an opportunity for participants to learn more about the agency from the behind the scenes.  Applications are being accepted now.

Sheriff Ted Jackson and the deputies in the Community Outreach Section set up a course outline for the 6-week academy that allows participants to closely observe various aspects of the agency and the justice system.  Classes cover CPR, courthouse security, Georgia law, self-defense, sheriff’s office administration and budget, and other topics.  The participants also take an extensive tour of the Fulton County Jail.

The previous Citizens Academy classes have consisted of professionals and concerned citizens from various neighborhoods in Fulton County.  The Academy gave participants an in-depth look at the day-to-day operations of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office while providing them with unique insight pertaining to the operations of the agency.  Attendees also gained a better understanding of the functions of a sheriff and a sheriff’s office versus the duties of a police chief and a police department.
Here are comments made by graduates:
"We all learned an awful lot and we enjoyed it.  The leadership, experience, and compassion ...everyone knows their jobs and it's wonderful."  - Moses Brown, Jr.
 "This has really been extremely interesting.  I have gotten a lot out of this experience.  They really made a hard job look easy.  We have a wealth of knowledge."  - Jeanetta Johnson

If you would like to be enrolled in the FCSO Citizens’ Academy, then please complete the application click here and return to:

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Community Outreach Section
Attn:  Citizens’ Academy 185 Central Avenue, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303

The academy begins April 23, 2014 and classes are held on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no cost to enroll.  Participants must undergo a criminal background check. The deadline for enrollment is April 11, 2014.  For more information, please contact the Community Outreach Section at 404-612-5138.

Beyond Scared Straight

The upcoming episode of Beyond Scared Straight featuring Fulton County will air on the A&E Network on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 p.m.. Sheriff Ted Jackson is very proud of this episode that proved effective in making the young participants consider their unbecoming behavior.  This is the most powerful episode yet.  The previous 2 episodes were very good but this one is the absolute best.  Sheriff Jackson says that he thinks parents should watch the episode with their children who may need to see what jail is really like as a deterrent against bad behavior.

The A&E network will showcase the FCSO Youth Intervention Program which is a one-day event that begins with parents bringing their children to the Fulton County Courthouse for a meeting with Sheriff Ted Jackson to discuss their children’s behavior problems.  Parents are offered the opportunity to meet with a counselor to continue the conversation.  The students break away to visit with Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua.  Judge LaGrua has a heart-to-heart talk with them about the consequences of their behavior.  She is often joined by a prosecutor and a public defender.  The students tour the courtroom and see the detention areas.  This is a prelude to their ride to the Fulton County Jail.

The Jail tour begins in Intake where the booking process commences.  They dress out in jail jumpsuits and are offered an inmate lunch.  The day continues with a ride on the elevator to the seventh floor of the Jail to maximum security where males are housed.  The girls meet female inmates in Intake and may visit the South Jail Annex in Union City where all female inmates are housed long term.  Both males and females meet again in the Alternative Lifestyle Zone.  In all settings, the inmates tell moving stories of life behind bars and how the mistakes they made landed them in on the wrong side of the law.  Sometimes, the students know someone who is or has been to jail.  Seeing the Fulton County Jail in real life is an unforgettable experience.

The new season of Beyond Scared Straight is airing now on A&E.  The Fulton County episode is the best and the network is saving it for last...premiering on Thursday, April 23rd 10 p.m..