By Major Troy Wheless
As Patrol Services Major, I supervise deputies assigned to the Patrol Division. The Patrol Division is made up of the Patrol Unit, Civil Unit, School Resources Unit, Courthouse Security Unit and the Community Action Team (CAT). It is our goal and responsibility to provide the citizens of Franklin County, professional law enforcement services while working hard to ensure our communities are safe.
The patrol section is made up of four squads, each comprising of a sergeant and a corporal. Not only do these squads patrol our county twenty-four hours a day, they also conduct investigations working with our investigations division, domestic violence unit, and our local law enforcment agencies.
Sergeant Kevin Livesay - A Squad Commander
Sergeant Aaron Davis - B Squad Commander
Sergeant Zachary Proctor - C Squad Commander
Sergeant Andy Barrett - D Squad Commander
Franklin County Patrol Zones
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The Civil Division carries out the sheriff's statutory responsibility for the service of process and execution of writs. These judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies and private attorneys in North Carolina and throughout the United States and include:
Summonses, complaints and subpoenas
Writs of possession for real estate
Injunctions for protection against domestic violence
Writs of garnishment
Arrest orders/writs of bodily attachment
The Civil Division also enforces levies and writs of attachment and conducts Sheriff's sales to aid in the collection of monetary judgments.
To assist your Sheriff's Office in locating individuals that we would like to speak with, please visit the Most Wanted page.
Working in conjunction with the Franklin County School system and our municipal police agencies your sheriff's office is dedicated to providing the safest learning environment possible for the children of Franklin County. Your School Resource Officers work to support school Principals in making our schools safe and violence free.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the schools. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions.
Besides being an active high-profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators regarding law issues. In addition, SRO's also staff after-school events. Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other service agencies that provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working with the Principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children.
The situations that exist in our communities also exist within the school environment, and SRO's are often the school's first line of defense against violence, drugs, and alcohol related incidents.
There is also a juvenile officer within the SRO Unit and his duties are to promote public safety and to prevent delinquent acts by juveniles. This officer focuses on the resolution and termination of the negative behavior of the juvenile through programs like teen court and/or community service. These programs provide juveniles an opportunity to be held accountable for their actions without negatively affecting their futures. Along with providing juveniles a bright future with these programs we also offer the Explorers program which allows the youth ages 14-20 to learn about law enforcement. In addition, we provide the D.A.R.E. program to our 5th grade classes in elementary schools throughout the county. The D.A.R, E. program “Keeping’ it REAL” curriculum is designed based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory (SEL). SEL identifies fundamental, basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development.
Community Action Team (CAT)
The Community Action Team (CAT) was established in April of 2016.
The CAT is a four-person team, with the positions held by Cpl's Tharrington, Gunter (K-9 Officer), Strickland, and Corporal D. Barrett (K-9 Officer). They recently added two members to the team, K-9 Oli and K-9 Ace.
Their main responsibility is the safety and well-being of Franklin County citizens and visitors; therefore, the team assists the other Units of the Sheriff’s Office by taking enforcement action in an effort to make the county a safer place to live. The Community Action Team is community oriented, dedicated to enforcing traffic laws, conducting drug enforcement, answering calls for service, serving warrants, and hosting and attending special county events.
It is our belief the core of violent crimes starts with illegal narcotics. Illegal narcotics have become an epidemic in our state as well as the nation. The CAT is committed through patrolling and enforcement action reducing /eliminating the sale and use of drugs in the county.
The Community Action Team has attended training classes throughout the state in an effort to enhance their knowledge and skills so that the county is better served. The new K-9 additions will assist the team in the detection of illegal drugs.
The Community Action Team is very community oriented, and hosts Citizen Academies throughout the calendar year. This four-week class helps the citizen understand what law enforcement does for them, and discusses crime and drug trends that are in our communities. We also discuss ways to enhance the safety of our communities.
The Community Action Team also goes to numerous community events at churches, parks, and events in the county to support community relations. So if you see them working in your area, do not hesitate to talk with them about any issues you may have.