Sheriff’s Office announces temporary changes to response procedures

STAFF REPORT :::

Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has announced temporary changes to responses to some non-emergency calls, calls for crimes that are not in progress or have already occurred and civil matters.

The temporary changes are being made in what was said to be “an ongoing effort to safeguard the health and wellbeing of both the Spalding County community and Spalding County Sheriff’s Office employees.”

If residents have a problem that is not an emergency, not in progress and does not require a deputy to respond to the scene, meet in person or recover evidence, they are asked to call 770.467.5408, a direct line to the Sheriff’s Office, and speak to a deputy to file a report.

This service will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. If your concern is after those hours, you may leave a message and a deputy will return your call the next business day.

For the next 30 days, the Sheriff’s Office will email you a copy of the report filed by phone after the report has been approved.

Deputies will be maintaining normal patrols across the county and responding to calls for service based on severity, whether the call is criminal or civil in nature, and if necessary, a deputy can respond in person.

If the call is not an emergency, has already occurred or is a civil issue not in progress, extended call response time may occur based on the prioritization of more urgent calls.
This would be a convenient opportunity for use of the phone-in reporting system, Dix said.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is also offering a service for our elderly and those with compromised immune systems. If you fall into one of those categories and need assistance, beginning March 17, you can call the Sheriff’s Office at 770.467.4282 extensions 31404 or 31497. At those numbers, you can speak to a deputy if you need us to pick up and deliver medications or other essentials to you. This service will also be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We are all in this together and we will continue to offer the service you have come to expect from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The modifications to call responses are minor and will not affect your ability to receive the service your taxes pay for. Just as always, we will still be patrolling the county and responding to crimes in progress, emergency calls, and calls where there is a threat to life or limb. Our deputies, just like all public safety employees and many others in various job fields, come in to contact with a wide variety of people, places, circumstances, and things in their day to day chosen professions. By taking these proactive steps we are striving to keep the wellbeing of the public, deputies, and other employees in focus.”

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