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 With the school year under way it is important to be attentive to school buses stopping to let our children off.

Message from the Sheriff: The White County Sheriff's Office provides the citizens of White County with a high level of customer service and a level of professionalism that gives me great honor to serve as your Sheriff.  We understand that we are stewards of the public's trust and that is a responsibility that I take very seriously.  From our patrol deputies to our detention officers, we are committed to providing the very best in law enforcement services.  I am very proud of the men and women of this organization who work hard to make sure this is one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the State of Georgia.

We ask for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our community safe and ensure it remains one of the country's most enjoyable places to live and work.

 

 

Watch for stopped buses

With the school year under way remember to pay attention while out driving. We all see the distracted driver, the person on their cell phone, the woman putting on her makeup, the man drinking his morning coffee. All these things along with a host of others can create situations where we are not as attentive to our driving as we should be, Not only do we have the distracted drivers but this is occurring during the same time that most people are in a hurry to get to work, and even our younger drivers in a hurry to get to school.

Remember the only time you do not have to stop for a school bus is if the bus is on the other side of a divided highway. That is there is a median in the middle of the roadway such as the new by-pass. If the bus is traveling the same direction as you, you are required to stop. If the road has a turning lane in the middle you are required to stop in both directions, a turning lane is not a median. So far in White County we have been very fortunate but with the increase in traffic comes a higher chance of an accident.

BEWARE OF IRS IMPOSTER CALLS AND OTHER SCAMS.

The Georgia Department of Law's Consumer Protection Unit is warning consumers about IRS imposter scams. The scam typically works as follows: The consumer receives a phone call (or voice mail) purporting to be "Official" or "Final Notice" from the IRS. The caller threatens that the IRS will bring a lawsuit against the consumer if he or she does not call back immediately. If the consumer does call the number back the scammers will try to take money by asking consumers to provide their credit card or bank account information, put the money on a prepaid money card, or wire funds. Consumers are often fooled into thinking the call is legitimate because the scammer may use software to make the caller ID show up as the IRS. The caller may even know the last four digits of consumers Social Security Number.

These type of scams happen all the time, remember no legitimate company will ask for your bank information or have you pay them using a prepaid card. When in doubt about the caller ask them to send you a bill through the mail.Also be aware of scams where the caller claims to be a family member who got arrested while on vacation or out of state. Have the caller advise you where they are locked up at and then google the number to that agency.Verify the information before you send any money.

Remember also that if something is to good to be true it probably is.



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.

Mission Statement:

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.

State Certification:

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.

 

 

White County Community Resource Handbook.docx

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The White County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a the owner of a vehicle that was used in a recent theft in the county.

The vehicle is a mid-1990s model GMC pickup truck, red over black, according to Sheriff's Investigator Rick Kelley.

Kelley said the driver of the vehicle is believed to be a white male.

The suspect was involved in a theft at the Jacky Jones Chrysler Dodge Jeep  dealership in Cleveland on July 10, Kelley said.   

Anyone with information about the incident or who might recognize the truck or trailer in the photo is asked to contact Kelley at 706-865-6717.