The Office of Sheriff carries with it the duty to preserve the peace and protect the lives, persons and property of the people. White County was created in 1857 and is nestled in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. It was once part of the Cherokee Indian nation. White County draws tourists year around with its beauty and close proximity to metro Atlanta. Preserving the environment, beauty and history, while meeting future needs, is a goal we all share in White County.
The White County Sheriff's Office exists to serve all people within the jurisdiction with respect, fairness, and professionalism. We are committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.
With community service as our foundation, we are driven by goals to enhance the quality of life, investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions and fostering a sense of safety in communities and individuals. We nurture the public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.
To fulfill its mission, the White County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and development of its members through effective training and leadership.
The White County Sheriff's Office is a State Certified agency. The White County Sheriff's Office obtained State Certification in 2013.
State certification is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The State Certification Program is supervised by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).
As a part of this program, the White County Sheriff's Office conducted a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations could be adapted to meet standards set by GACP. When these procedures were in place, a team of trained assessors verified that applicable standards had been successfully implemented. The process culminated with a decision by a joint executive committee that the White County Sheriff's Office had met the requirements for certification. State Certified agencies must be re-assessed every three years.
Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.