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Sheriff’s Commendation Medal-Award
presented by, Gordon County Sheriff, Mitch Ralston
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Corporal R. Whitfield and Senior Deputy M. Watkins, were presented with a Sheriff’s Commendation Medal, by Gordon County Sheriff, Mitch Ralston. Cpl. Whitfield and Dep. Watkins were recognized for their extraordinary efforts in the pursuit and capture of fugitive Nathaniel Neighbors, wanted for Murder and Robbery in Gordon County.
The charge on the award states;
“displayed exemplary skill and tenacity in pursuit of the fugitive, relentlessly following leads for 24 hours before effecting the arrest without resistance or incident keeping with the highest standards and traditions of the Office of the Sheriff in Georgia.”
Floyd County Sheriff’s Youth Initiative Program
SHERIFF’S YOUTH INITIATIVE
COOSA VALLEY FAIR, Rome, GA
As a part of the Sheriff’s Youth Initiative Program, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office along with the C.H.I.P.S. PROGRAM will conduct Fingerprint/Child Identification Card processing for children of all ages, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 through Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Coosa Valley Fair, from 5PM-10PM (Tuesday-Friday) & 10AM – 10PM SATURDAY). The cards include a photo, fingerprints and physical description packet which include DNA. Space is also provided to list allergies, parent or guardian information and a contact number. The information is used for identification purposes only. It does not find a child.
Another Child ID events will be conducted during the Noon Optimist Pancake Breakfast between 8am and noon, Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Rome Civic Center.
“Why should we fingerprint our children?
450,000 children run away each year
300,000 children are abducted each year by family members
More than 58,000 children are abducted every year by non-family members” (figures taken from the National Child Identification webpage).”
This explains how crucial the problem of missing children is and the importance of having a completed Child I.D Kit. To help increase parents’ awareness regarding the need to improve child safety, the Sheriff’s Office has taken an active role in supporting a child identification program for the children of Floyd County.
This is a wonderful benefit being offered to the Rome-Floyd County community, is FREE of charge and can be a GREAT help should the need arise!
For more information, contact Mechelle Cliatt at the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, 706-291-4111, ext. 8812.
Masonic Child Identification Programs (CHIP) are a charitable initiative by North American Masonic lodges to aid in the identification and recovery of missing children.
CHIP programs are supported monetarily at the Grand Lodge level, and are staffed by volunteers from subordinate lodges as well as law enforcement and dental professionals.
The CHIP programs allow parents the opportunity to create a kit of identifying materials for their child, free of charge. The kit contains a fingerprint card, a physical description, a video, computer disk, or DVD of the child, a dental imprint, and a DNA sample. The purpose of the kit is to provide critical information to the public and to law enforcement in the event that a child goes missing.
The program has been lauded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The videotape or DVD, besides capturing appearance and voice, includes questions tailored toward the child’s age group and can assist in finding children who might be missing for other reasons besides abduction.
The Masonic Child ID Program has been referenced by state and local law enforcement agencies as their model for establishing this service. The difference between Masonic CHIP and others is that municipal and law enforcement agencies typically place all data that is collected (including fingerprints) into a database. The Masonic Child ID Program operates with strict confidentiality, with all data on portable computers being removed from systems immediately after the DVD data has been written. If a DVD or video is lost by a parent or guardian, they can simply have another created free of charge by attending another Masonic Child ID event.
The “Are You OK?” System uses a computer to call subscribers at the same time each day, seven days a week. If the resident is OK, all she or he has to do is pick up the phone and then hang it up. If there is no answer or the line is busy, the computer will call again. If repeated calls receive no answer, a Sheriff’s Deputy, or designated volunteer, will be dispatched to check on the resident.
There are other alert systems available, but they require residents to activate the alert if they have fallen or passed out. With “Are You OK?” a phone call at the same time each day is enough to let emergency personnel know that the resident is okay. This gives reassurance that many elderly and disabled people need. It can improve a person’s level of independence and can prevent or delay the participant’s move to family members or assisted living facilities.
If you are a participant and you know you will be away from home for a few days, simply call the Sheriff’s Office and we will remove you from the call list for the period of time you’ll be gone.
The cost is FREE for residents of Floyd County. You simply fill out an application form, send it in to the Sheriff’s Office and we can enter the information into a computer and you will start getting your daily phone calls. We also have contingency plans for severe weather and our “Are You OK?” participants. All participants are called if there is a bad weather situation. If the person is medically dependent on oxygen supply or any treatments that require electric power, that information will be available in the “Are You OK?” system and we will know to send help immediately. If the weather is so severe as to disable our “Are You OK?” System, participants are called manually. If the phone lines are down, we can utilize both Deputies and Jail Officers to make personal contacts.
If you would like to join the “Are You OK?” telephone reassurance program, contact the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office at (706)-291-4111, ext. 8812 for an application, or download online from the website.
2014 EMPLOYEE OF THE 2nd QUARTER, DEPUTY DAVID WEST
Deputy David West was named Employee of the Quarter ending June 30, 2014. David is noted as being an “exceptional employee who goes beyond his duties each day.” West is noted as performing every aspect of his job “exceptionally well” and that he is a “great addition” to the court division. Dep. West supervisors and peers see him as always very observant and demonstrate a keen zeal, and is very diligent in his work. David’s dependability and willingness to assist the general public, deputies, court staff and supervisors is outstanding. Dep. West is noted as one who takes initiative and has an exceptional attitude; he takes pride in his work and it shows. Peers say of David that “you can always count on him”! David unselfishly volunteers himself to be available outside the parameters of his normal work duties with a strong commitment to assist in the goals and objectives of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy West has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since July 7, 1996.
Please congratulate Deputy David West on a job well done!
2014 EMPLOYEE OF THE 1st QUARTER, DEPUTY DAVID STEWART
Deputy David Stewart was named Employee of the Quarter ending March 31, 2014. David is noted as being a tireless worker and is recognized for his exemplary contributions in performance, by constantly exceeding what is expected of him. David is seen as dependable and will not hesitate to assist staff. Deputy Stewart’s excellence in service, communication and cooperation sets a fine example. His supervisors see him as always striving and being very conscientious about his work performance. David is described as versatile, a person “always willing to go the extra mile and exhibits a passion for any assignment. David was instrumental in the investigation and prosecution of street gangs that were attempting to gain members and power in the jail. The work environment in the jail is much safer, due to Deputy Stewart’s noteworthy actions. Deputy. Stewart received nominations from his peers and supervisors. All note him as being a complete professional in all aspects of his duties. “David is a stellar employee who demonstrates noteworthy behaviors in the performance of his duties.” Deputy Stewart has been employed with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office since May 2, 2011.
Please congratulate Deputy Stewart on a job well done!