Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Dalton GA
It is our mission at the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office to promote a feeling of safety and security to the citizens of this community. We are determined to provide a high quality of law enforcement services related to the protection of life and property, by taking active steps to prevent criminal activity. We are committed to detecting and investigating criminal activity; by the apprehension and incarceration of offenders and the enforcement of criminal laws. We are committed to our constitutional authority to an effective and efficiently managed jail facility, court services and civil process. We pride ourselves on ethics, honesty, openness, and fairness in our profession. We value respect, honoring the rights and dignity of each person we are called upon to serve.
If you have any other questions or concerns please contact us at (706) 278-1233
For employment opportunities please visit the county website for available positions.
The Sheriff's Office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, however, administrative and detective personnel primarily work weekdays during normal business hours.
805 Proffesional Blvd,
Dalton, GA 30720
Please read the following before proceeding to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Page via the link at the bottom of this page.
In accordance with O.C.G.A. 42-1-12, the Georgia Crime Information Center, a division of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, is required to act as the repository for registration information concerning those persons convicted of a sex crime who reside within the state of Georgia. (Note: This law was amended during the 1998 Legislative Session by Senate Bill 39.) The information that is presented in this website is compiled from information gathered through registration of convicted sex offenders as defined herein and information obtained from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation which is obtained from documents submitted by the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, and/or any other agency or department as set forth by statute.
The offender must be convicted of a crime that is by its nature a sexual offense, such as:
O.C.G.A. 16-6-1 Rape
O.C.G.A. 16-6-2 Sodomy; Aggravated Sodomy
O.C.G.A. 16-6-3 Statutory Rape
O.C.G.A. 16-6-4 Child Molestation; Aggravated Child Molestation
O.C.G.A. 16-6-5 Enticing a child for indecent purposes
O.C.G.A. 16-6-22.2 Aggravated Sexual Battery
In relation to crimes where the victim is a minor, O.C.G.A. 42-1-12 includes the following offenses under (a)(4)(A):
(i) Kidnapping of a minor, except by a parent
(ii) False imprisonment of a minor except by a parent
(iii) Criminal sexual contact toward a minor
(iv) Solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual contact
(v) Use of a minor in sexual performance
(vi) Solicitation of a minor to practice prostitution
(vii) Any conduct that by its nature is a sexual offense against a minor
If an offender who is registered in another state moves to Georgia, the offender is required to register in the state of Georgia.
O.C.G.A. 42-1-12 (i)(3) states "the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or any sheriff maintaining records required under this code section shall release relevant information collected under this code section that is necessary to protect the public." However, due to the fact this information is continually changing, the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office makes no expressed or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy of this information.
Incident reports are available on this website. Please use the following steps to obtain an incident or accident report: Step 1-From the P2C home page, click "Event Search”. Step 2-If searching for an incident report, select the “Incident” check box. If searching for an accident report, select the “Accident” check box. Step 3-Choose search date and option. “Date Occurred” is the date that the incident occurred. “Date Reported” is the date the incident was reported to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. Dates must be entered in a MM/DD/YYYY format. Step 4-Choose the appropriate date option in the “Date” drop box. Step 5-Enter any other pertinent information, such as Last Name, First Name, City, etc. in the appropriate search fields. Step 6-Accident and Incident report numbers follow a specific format of year and case number. For instance, an incident report filed in the year 2011 would follow the format of “201101234”. There are no dashes or separations in the case number, and all case numbers are comprised of nine digits. Please enter the accident or incident report number in the “Case number” field in the appropriate format.
State and local background checks are conducted at the Whitfield County Sheriff`s Office Records Department Monday through Friday, 8:00am until 4:30pm. To request a background check, you will need to bring a Georgia driver`s license or Georgia identification. The fee for a background check is ten dollars ($10) and the only form of payment accepted is cash.
Citations issued by Officers of the Whitfield County Sheriff`s Office, as well as those issued by Georgia State Patrol, are paid at Whitfield County Probate Court,(706)275-7400, located at the main Whitfield County Courthouse, located at 205 North Selvidge St. Dalton, Georgia. Citations issued from other municipalities within Whitfield County are paid at the municipality of that city.
Firearm permits can be obtain at Probate Court, located at the Whitfield County Courthouse, 205 North Selvidge Street in Dalton.
Contact the Civil Section of the Sheriff`s Office at (706) 876-1497.
The fee is $50.00 and we accept money orders, cashier checks, and cash. (Cash will only be accepted in person.)
Contact Magistrate Court at (706) 278-5052.
A twenty dollar ($20) fee is charged for all bonds. To post bail for an inmate, cash, property, or a bonding agency can be used. To use property, individuals must present a statement from the tax office, and personal identification.
When an individual is arrested for a criminal charge (not probation violation/ bench warrant/ bondsman off bond/ticket), that individual is required to go before a Magistrate Court judge within 48 hours of their booking, which is referred to as first appearance/bond hearing. The purpose of the First Appearance hearing is to let the inmate know what they have been charged with, answer any questions from the judge, and to give the inmate access to an attorney (Public Defender) or the ability to request a form for a Public Defender (on the weekends), and most importantly notify them of their rights. The judge may or may not set a bond depending on the charge or whether or not that person qualifies to receive a bond. First Appearance hearing are generally conducted via video, with the judge at Magistrate Court and the inmate located in jail in a multi-purpose room. The hearings are held every day with the exceptions of Sunday and county holidays. They are generally held at 2:00pm, but can (at the judge’s discretion) be held at a different time. The public can view the First Appearance hearing from the courtroom located at the 24 hour entrance (Central Control).
For employement opportunities visit our county website
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department is comprised of four sections; General Investigations, Narcotics, Evidence Section and the Records/Permits Section. A total of twenty-eight personnel are assigned to these sections. The Criminal Investigation Division is comprised of one division commander (Captain Rick Swiney) and directly supervised under Lt. Paul Woods. The distribution of remaining personnel includes three secretaries, eight investigators and 1 sergeant which are assigned to General Investigations, six investigators and 1 sergeant assigned to Narcotics, two technicians assigned to the Evidence Section, three clerks in the Records/Permit Section. The Criminal Investigation Division is located at 805 Professional Blvd. Dalton, Georgia 30720, telephone number 706-278-3029. E-mail address; email@example.com
The Detectives assigned to General Investigations are responsible for investigating all unsolved criminal cases reported to the Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, the unit investigates other crimes which require specialized training or expertise, such as homicide, child abuse and/or molestation, forgery, computer crimes and domestic violence. The unit also conducts all internal investigations, and background investigations on prospective applicants. On average, detectives of this unit investigate over 3,000 cases annually, with a clearance rate in excess of 40%, compared to a national average of around 33%.
The Narcotics Unit of the Sheriff’s Department is an integral portion of the Criminal Investigation Division. In addition to conducting complex narcotic investigations, the officers execute search warrants, pursue asset forfeitures of drug money, and assist with vice related investigations. The narcotic officers often participate in "task force" operations with other local, state, and federal agencies, which generally result in the arrest of major traffickers and the confiscation of substantial quantities of contraband. The Narcotics Unit works closely with citizens to make our community a safer place to live and work. The Narcotics Section averages over 300 arrests annually and seized multiple pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine. Citizens with concerns or information on illegal drug activity can contact the Narcotics Unit by calling the DRUG HOT LINE 278-DRUG.
The Uniform Patrol Division is under the command of Captain Rick Swiney. Day to day operations are supervised by Lt. Clay Pangle. 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 12-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 and eight P.A.C.E. (Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement) Officers assigned to this division.
The Uniform Division Headquarters is located at the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, 805 Professional Blvd. and may be contacted directly at 706-876-1447.
Court Services Division is under the direction of Capt. Steve Fields.
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:
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. Court services maintains GCIC (Georgia Crimes Information Center) and NCIC (National Crimes Information Center) records on wanted persons. NCIC and GCIC data bases allow law enforcement officers all over the United States to check a person to see if they are wanted. 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. If while in the custody of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, a prisoner is to be transported in any manner i.e. to court, or to the doctor or hospital, the Court Services Division is responsible for the prisoner transport and the safety of the public while the prisoner is on the "outside."
The Detention Facility is under the direction of Captain Wesley Lynch.
Lt. Emmit Tate is responsible for Medical, Food Service, Training and related Health and Safety Issues.
Size and Scope
The Detention Facility is a four story, 146,000 sq ft., 540 bed facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Detention Facility houses persons arrested by area Law Enforcement Agencies, which include the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, Dalton Police Department, Tunnel Hill Police Department, Cohutta Police Department, Varnell Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, G.B.I., F.B.I. and the occasional Federal Agency.
The Correctional Center serves 3 meals a day to an average of approximately 400 inmates, which totals approximately 438,000 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. These inmates may perform work functions in the Kitchen, Laundry, Runarounds (Internal Inmate General Labor) or Inmate Work Crew (Outside Inmate General Labor). 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 60,000 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, 911 Center, Courthouse, and other locations. The inmate work crew has provided well over 10,000 free man-hours on county projects in 2013 alone, while only utilizing approximately 1,200 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. In the last few years, Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office inmate work crews removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of refuse from county roadways. In addition, the outside Work Crew has assisted the United Way, Boys and Girls Club, the Green House, the Dalton National Guard Armory, Dalton Police Academy, provided labor for food drives, serviced the local schools, and assisted in servicing the Fair Grounds during the past year.
Also falling under the supervision of the Detention Facility is the Central Control Section. In this area is where the public goes to obtain information about any family members who are incarcerated, to get approval for bonds, answering and directing all phone calls coming into the Sheriff’s Office, controlling the security of the Detention Facility by maintaining the control panels which allows persons thru all secured doors in the facility, operations of the Georgia Crime Information Center / National Crime Information Center and to greet the public and to help them in any way possible.
287(g) Immigration Jail Enforcement Operations
The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office 287(G) program began in the spring of 2008 due to increased public demands for immigration enforcement reform and public support for increased cooperation between this Office and ICE. 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. These inmates are processed through a system of background systems and biometric checks that are unavailable to Local Law Enforcement who are not involved in the DHS/ICE 287(g) program. 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.com. 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:
Individuals interested in a career with the Sheriff's Office are asked to apply online at the Whitfield County Commissionsrs' Website: http://www.whitfieldcountyga.com and click the Employment Opportunities Button.
The Training Division is under the direction of Captain Charles Bunch and a Training Officer, Lt. Martinez. 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 805 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.
Our Firearms Training Center is located off Old Prater's Mill Road. 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.
Crime is an ever increasing problem throughout our nation and county. 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.
Then Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office began teaching the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program in 1989. Since that time we have graduated approximately 28000 students.
D.A.R.E. is an international program. The D.A.R.E. mission is “teaching students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives”. D.A.R.E. is a ten-week curriculum that teaches youth skills and techniques used in good decision-making. The lessons also teach the students to evaluate their decisions so they can learn to be productive citizens. It includes lessons about bullying, facts and health effects of alcohol and tobacco, peer pressure, resistance strategies, and stress as well.
D.A.R.E. is taught to fifth grade students in each of the thirteen elementary schools in Whitfield County by 3 certified D.A.R.E. Officers. Each week a D.A.R.E. Officer visits the classroom to facilitate discussions about the responsible decision-making.
The D.A.R.E. Program continues to help eradicate drug abuse and violence throughout the world. Our vision is to empower students to respect others and choose to lead lives free from substance abuse, violence, and other dangerous behaviors.
www.gdoa.com is no longer operational. Please use this site for any information concerning Georgia D.A.R.E.
You may also contact me at:
Sgt. Darlene Crider,
The Georgia D.A.R.E. Training Center will host a D.A.R.E. Officer Training Seminar August 7-18, 2017. Upon completion of the training, an officer will be certified to teach D.A.R.E. "keepin' it REAL" Elementary and middle school curricula and be recognized as a school resource officer (SRO). If you are interested in sending an officer to the training please submit a letter of nomination to:
Sgt. Darlene Crider,
P. O. Box 1192
Tunnel Hill, GA 30755
D.A.R.E. is a substance use prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with the skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with alcohol and drugs. This unique program, developed in 1983 as a cooperative effort by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, uses trained uniformed police officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in the classroom on a regular basis. By helping students develop self management and resistance skills, D.A.R.E. is in the forefront of innovative programs designed to give young people the facts and to "inoculate" them against peer pressure.
Also, teach enhancement lessons on Prescription and Over The Counter drugs and Taking a Stand (Essays)
Several of the D.A.R.E. lessons focus on building students’ self-esteem, stressing that children that feel positively about themselves will be more capable of asserting themselves in the face of negative peer pressure. Still other sessions emphasize the consequences of using tobacco, alcohol, and drugs and identify alternative means of coping with stress, gaining peer acceptance, and having fun. Through D.A.R.E., students learn that real friends will not push them into trying drugs, and that being grown-up means making their own decisions and coping with problems in a positive way. Most important, students learn and practice specific strategies for responding to peers who offer them these substances, rehearsing how to say no effectively.
Since D.A.R.E. began in 1983, it has continued to grow on the national and even international level. Currently, there are over 22,000 Officers teaching D.A.R.E. throughout the USA. D.A.R.E. is being taught in all fifty states and in several foreign countries. Over 25 million elementary school students have graduated from the D.A.R.E. program since its inception. The D.A.R.E. program was instituted in the Whitfield County, Georgia School System in 1988. The Whitfield County School Board approved the curriculum by an unanimous decision. In the first year D.A.R.E. was taught in two pilot schools: Eastside and Fort Hill. D.A.R.E. is now being taught in all Whitfield County elementary schools. The D.A.R.E. Officers for the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office are: Sgt. Darlene Crider, Sgt. Tammy Silvers, and Dep. Nathan Center.
The main goal of the D.A.R.E. program is to keep kids from getting on drugs. It is our sincere hope, at the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, that this program will help kids to make it through the school years and into adulthood harboring a drug free attitude. There is a war underway on our streets and in our homes. The only way to win this war is to start winning battles. The first battle that must be won is the one that is being fought within our children. Teach the child how to win this battle and the war is all but over.
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