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Sheriff’s office has a busy 2011

Happy New Year! Is it just me or do you find it hard to believe that 2011 has come and gone? As we forge ahead into 2012, I want to share some of the accomplishments of the Sheriff’s Office during last year. The resilient and hard-working employees of the Sheriff’s Office endured another tough year, but, as in the previous year, they stepped up and performed at a high level of efficiency.

During the calendar year of 2011, my staff served over 8,200 criminal warrants and almost 26,000 civil papers. Putting that into perspective, during my tenure as Sheriff we have increased the number of warrants served per year by over 20 percent without adding additional staff. We increased the number of civil papers being served by nearly 10 percent, again without any additional staff. These percentages are using my first year in office as a baseline.

In addition, we investigated over 500 criminal cases and the number of registered sex offenders managed monthly increased to over 300. Our AFIS unit worked over 1,400 cases, examined more than 5,500 pieces of evidence and made nearly 320 identifications of criminals. The criminal records section conducted over 8,200 background checks.

We assisted over 500 motorists, escorted more than 750 people to the Liberty House and similar facilities, and conducted over 30,000 drug tests of offenders.

At the jail, nearly 20,000 were processed for admission or release and nearly 103,000 visitors came to see them. The staff managed an average daily inmate population of around 920. At the Judicial Building, nearly 142,000 visitors were processed and over 2,500 items of contraband were taken. All this to assure the security of the courts where, between the Judicial Building and the jail, more than 33,500 cases were heard.

To help prevent youth from coming to jail, we conducted character education classes in the majority of Dougherty County’s elementary and middle schools and conducted nearly 50 interventions with troubled youth. We also held a youth summer camp and a variety of community events. These were all conducted without using any taxpayer dollars.

In fact, even during these difficult economic times, the Sheriff’s Office has generated over $100,000 in unbudgeted revenue for the county. We have also worked hard to assist our sister agencies with their cases, and even spelled them for awhile so that they could mourn their fallen.

Since being elected Sheriff three years ago, I have done my best to maximize the efficiency of the Sheriff’s Office while improving the level of service we provide. I have faithfully served the youth of this county and been a good steward of the taxpayers’ money. I have been a good team player with the County, other law enforcement agencies, and community organizations. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. As I seek re-election this year, I am asking you to join my team and help me to continue the work I have begun. I sincerely appreciate your support. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 430-3259 or visit our Facebook page.

Sheriff Kebvin Sproul is a longtime resident of Dougherty County. He is a graduate of Albany High School, Darton College and LaGrange College of Albany. Sheriff Sproul has been employed with the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office for nearly three decades and can be reached at (229) 430-6508.