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The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is committed to its constitutional authority to effectively and efficiently manage the jail facility, court services and the processing of warrants.
We espouse ethics, honesty, openness and fairness in our professional and personal lives.
As role models, we value respect, honoring the rights and dignity of each person we are called upon to serve.
Treat others as you would want to be treated.
THE DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (DKSO) ORGANIZATION
THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
The sheriff is an elected official and is responsible for the administration and operation of all services within the agency -- planning, organizing, directing and controlling the activities of four divisions: The Jail Services Division, Field Services Division, Court Services Division, and Administrative Services Division. The Office of the Sheriff includes the following functions:
The ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT assigned to the Office of the Sheriff is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and clerical activities of the sheriff.
The ADMINISTRATIVE AIDE assigned to the Office of the Sheriff is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day office management and administrative activities relating to the sheriff, keeping the sheriff abreast of all key law enforcement activities as advised by DKSO staff or other/external agencies. The aide coordinates activities and information with different internal and external entities.
The OFFICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION is responsible for providing local news agencies with news releases, coordinating and assisting news media in photo sessions, and arranging and assisting with news conferences. The PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (PIO) serves as liaison between the media and the Sheriff¡¦s Office and is responsible for the development and dissemination of internal and external information. The AUDIO-VISUAL SPECIALIST reports to this office.
The COMMUNITY RELATIONS Section functions to establish and maintain effective channels of communication with community organizations. The Sheriff¡¦s RESERVE DEPUTY UNIT is also instrumental in community program implementation.
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS:Personal Safety and Crime Prevention for Seniors, Basic Judicial and Jail Tours, Weapons and Violence Education (W.A.V.E.) (Reserve Deputy Unit),
Safety Patrol Installations (Sheriff & Reserve Deputy Unit)
Career Days (in public and private schools)' Honor Guard/Color Guard, Law Enforcement Escorts (Reserve Deputy Unit), Jail Chaplaincy Program
The CHIEF OF STAFF is responsible for the daily administration of the agency, with direct report from the division commanders and other functions as described below. The chief of staff takes command of day-to-day functions in the absence of the sheriff. An Administrative Assistant/ Coordinator is assigned to the chief of staff.
The OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS (OPS) conducts investigations and inspections of DKSO personnel and facilities. The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) strives to create an environment of order, truth, caring and concern wherein each employee and the public can feel confident that all matters dealing with employee investigations will be handled in a professional, effective, and efficient manner. OPS consists of the Investigative Unit, which investigates all internal and external allegations, the Background and Recruitment Unit, which recruits and conducts background investigations on applicants for sworn and civilian positions.
OPS Investigations: The DeKalb County Sheriff¡¦s Office takes allegations of employee misconduct very seriously. Employees found guilty of misconduct are subject to disciplinary sanctions, which include official reprimand, suspension from duties, or termination of employment.
Primary Objectives: protection of the public, the agency and employees; removal of unfit personnel; and correction of procedural problems
The OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROJECTS/ACCREDITATION handles special projects as assigned by the sheriff and manages the accreditation process, ensuring that policies, procedures and practices meet accreditation guidelines. An ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK supports this office.
The OFFICE OF LABOR RELATIONS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS is responsible for managing the employee grievance program; coordinating DKSO related responses to civil litigations and coordinating all legal actions with the DeKalb County Attorney¡¦s Office, Solicitor¡¦s Office and District Attorney¡¦s Office; managing contracts and agreements; and reviewing policies for compliance with local, state and federal laws. The HEALTH CARE SERVICES UNIT reports to this office. This unit serves as liaison between the Sheriff¡¦s Office and the contracted medical services provider, keeping the sheriff, chief of staff, and chief jailer abreast of medical and mental health care issues.
The TRAINING SECTION identifies DKSO training needs, locates training resources, and coordinates training for all DKSO employees. A continuum of training is offered, which includes basic, in-service, specialized and advanced levels. All documentation of training is maintained and updated by the Training Section.
« Provide a minimum standard of training to all employees to meet the requirements of legal, moral, and constitutional responsibilities
« Ensure DKSO personnel are adequately prepared to perform their assigned duties on individual and collective basis
« Increase individual productivity and agency effectiveness
« Promote remedial training to those who fail to maintain or practice established performance standards
« Keep personnel informed of professional law enforcement practices, revisions to legal training requirements, and changes to agency policies and procedures.
The RESERVE DEPUTY UNIT is comprised of POST-certified reserve deputies and nonsworn auxiliary officers who volunteer their time, resources and talents to further charitable causes that benefit the citizens of DeKalb County. The volunteers include retired law enforcement personnel, businesspersons, civic leaders and extraordinary citizens who support community relations and crime and drug awareness programs (Visit www.dekalbsheriffreserve.com for more information.)
Jail Services Division
The Jail Services Division is responsible for the care, custody and control of inmates, protection of inmate rights, and the delivery of inmate programs and medical services.
The Jail Division's Administrative Support and Jail Operations Sections are crucial to day-to-day functions of the division:
o Housing Unit
o Inmate Property
o Inmate Commissary
o Data Entry
o Records Retention
o Transport Control
Inmate Programs provide rehabilitative and educational opportunities through coordinated community resources and grant-funded programs so that inmates can ready themselves for productive citizenship upon return to their communities. Inmate programs grant the opportunity to escape what for some individuals becomes a revolving door at the jail.
The RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT (RSAT) or Start Making a Recovery Today (SMART) program targets felony substance abuse offenders with histories of multiple incarcerations and a need for short-term in-jail services to set them on productive paths. The in-custody portion of the program lasts six months, with post-release aftercare provided by DeKalb Addiction Clinic. SMART is currently on hold awaiting availability of state-administered grant funds.
The DeKalb Community Service Board funds and administers the SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT OFFENDERS PROGRAM(STOP) for one male pod (32 beds) and 15-25 female inmates. Like SMART, inmates may elect to join or be mandated by the courts to complete this 90-day program.
SMART and STOP provide an alternative for judges who, when sentencing, can mandate the offender¡¦s participation in the program. SMART runs in intensive six-month cycles. It includes an HIV risk reduction and education component as well as a life skills curriculum. Program members without high school diplomas are required to attend 60 hours of General Educational Development (GED) classes taught by DeKalb Technical College staff in the jail¡¦s educational section.
SMART's life skills component teaches personal development, goal setting and achievement, decision-making, problem solving, interpersonal and family relationship development, financial management, and stress and anger management. The curriculum also is designed to prepare the participants for workforce entry (job readiness, job seeking and retention). DKSO collaborated with the DeKalb Community Service Board (DCSB) in applying for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment grant, and the DCSB runs the program.
The DeKalb Jail offers VOCATIONAL EDUCATION classes to inmates through a partnership with DeKalb Workforce Development. Participants attend training five days per week for 10 weeks. The first class of the program, which focused on electrician¡¦s helper skills, was in 2003. Subsequent classes have been in Commercial Maintenance. The curriculum also includes resume writing, interview skills, budgeting, and other skills. The course curriculum changes as market demands fluctuate. Participating inmates are required to sign a contract, must have a GED or diploma prior to entering the class, and may also be required to attend AA, literacy tutoring, or other programs according to their individual needs. They also work with a case manager to plan for post-release employment, housing, and other needs.
DKSO continues its successful collaboration with DeKalb Magistrate Court's DIVERSION TREATMENT COURT(previously known as Mental Health Court). The program goals are 1) to prevent and/or reduce criminal behavior by providing mental health treatment as an alternative to incarceration, 2) for defendants with mental illness to be released from jail into treatment with detailed court oversight and bond instructions, and 3) to reduce recidivism. The Court holds weekly sessions, accepting clients by referral from prosecutors, defense counsel, judges, police officers, Sheriff's Office employees, and others. Successful participation spans from three to six months and may result in dismissal of criminal charges; however, the prosecution reserves the right to prosecute as the defendant reserves the right to be heard on the charge(s) in court. Eligible defendants are those arrested for misdemeanor and some felony offenses, having no probation or other holds, and accused of nonviolent acts. Treatment may include residential or day treatment, housing, and prescribed medication. Participants must abstain from illegal drugs and alcohol, have no violent contact, have victim/family assistance/participation and follow house rules.
Drug Court The Sheriff's Office participates in the DeKalb County Drug Court Task Force, which began taking clients in July 2002. Clinicians and Task Force members for this intensive treatment program screen potential clients; those accepted into the program must be charged with crimes considered to stem from an addiction. Seventy individuals have entered the program to date, saving thousands of dollars in costs to the jail, as well as preventing subsequent crimes.
Literacy: General Education Development (GED), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) classes are administered by DeKalb Technical College, serving about 220 students per week.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA) and NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS(NA) programs are run entirely by volunteers from AA and NA.
The CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM renders spiritual, motivational and emotional support. Inmates housed in the DeKalb County Jail receive ministry from in-house chaplains and from churches of various religious denominations. Volunteer chaplains conduct religious services that serve about 900 inmates weekly.
As required by federal law, the LAW LIBRARY accommodates the DeKalb Jail's daily inmate population with adequate legal texts and support materials for research. Photocopy service is available for copy8ing legal forms, documents, case law and statutes.
INMATE WORK FORCE -- Convicted inmates are screened to participate in inmate work programs. Inmates perform a variety of tasks that otherwise would be contracted to private services, such as working in the jail kitchen or laundry room and landscaping, painting and janitorial duties at government offices, including the county courthouse. Calculated at minimum wage rates, the Inmate Work Force provides more than $1 million of cost-saving labor to DeKalb County annually.
DeKalb County Jail officials, working with the county's State Court judges and Probation Office, began an INMATE WORK RELEASE pilot program in 2005. Inmates approved for participation are allowed to report to their jobs and then return to the jail at designated hours after work. Permissible work hours during the county¡¦s trial run are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pilot is designed to accommodate 32 persons with sentences of 90 days or less who are convicted for abandonment (failure to meet court-mandated child support requirements) but will also include those with second and third DUI offenses. Potential participants must already be employed when sentenced.
MEDICAL/DENTAL CARE for Jail Inmates --The DeKalb Jail provides medical, basic dental, and mental health care to inmates as needed. The medical staff is available around the clock to provide care, to assess incoming arrestees, and to dispense inmate medication. Care for the chronically mentally ill is provided by the DeKalb Community Service Board. Jail facilities include a medical and mental health infirmary, medical clinic with X-ray capabilities, and a dental clinic with two dental operatories. The DeKalb County Health Department provides support services for our TB control program. Seriously ill inmates or those needing surgery or hospitalization are transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Protecting Employee Health in a High-Risk Environment --
Jails are among the workplace environments considered at risk for contracting tuberculosis (TB) and other contagious diseases. DKSO offers TB testing to all employees. The state of Georgia and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require workers in high-risk environments/professions to be offered Hepatitis B vaccinations.