Welcome to the Web site of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.
For those of you visiting this site who do not reside in the metro-Atlanta area, DeKalb County sits just east of Atlanta and includes a portion of the city of Atlanta and eight other municipalities: Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Lithonia, Pine Lake and Stone Mountain. We are a county of more than 700,000 citizens and are considered one of the most culturally diverse communities in the Southeast. Our agency's mission statement, found within this site, reflects our commitment to service with honor. We are proud to be accredited by the
--Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
--National Commission on Correction Health Care (NCCHC)
--and the American Correctional Association (ACA).
In 2008 we earned the "Triple Crown Award" from the National Sheriffs Association for holding all three accreditations simultaneously, which is an accomplishment of only 37 of more than 3,000 Sheriff's Offices nationwide.
We are particularly proud of our Online Judicial System (OJS) link that allows citizens to track the status of inmates in our facility. Also, our VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) link allows victims of crime and others who register for the service to be notified whenever the offender in our facility is being released. You will also find information about the Jail Division quality of life programs within our facility, including GED, work release and job training. We have enjoyed many success stories from each of these endeavors.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office provides security for a state-of-the-art courthouse;and our Court Division, we believe, is a model for agencies to follow. The Field Division, in addition to other law enforcement duties, tracks and maintains the sex offender registry. This registry identifies persons living within close proximity to your residence, business, or schools. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Web site contains a myriad of helpful information,and we urge you to review the site thoroughly. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed. BIOGRAPHY - SHERIFF THOMAS E. BROWN After a spirited campaign with six other candidates, Thomas E. Brown, Jr., won a special election in March of 2001 with more than 80 percent of the votes cast, becoming the 48th sheriff in the history of DeKalb County. He had served as the interim sheriff beginning in January 2001. Sheriff Brown's public service career began in 1972 as city of Atlanta firefighter. In successive years, he served in various positions of leadership, advancing to deputy fire chief of operations at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport. In 1985, at age 31, he became the fifth fire chief in the history of DeKalb County, making him at the time the youngest chief of a major county or city fire department in the nation. In January 1990, DeKalb CEO Manuel Maloof appointed him as public safety director of a fast-growing DeKalb County. His responsibilities included supervision of the county's Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Animal Control bureaus, 911 Communications Center, and the Emergency Management Office. He planned and administered an annual budget in excess of $200-million and managed 1,800 employees. He also coordinated the activities of all county departments during major emergencies. As director of public safety, Brown pioneered the concept of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) in the Police Department (1992), achieved the department's national accreditation with the Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and established fire safety programs taught in the school system through the Public Safety Community Relations Unit. That program resulted in large drops in fire-related deaths in homes. He also spearheaded many capital improvements, such as renovation of the Public Safety Building at no expense to the taxpayer. In his present position as sheriff of DeKalb County, he is responsible for the operation of the county jail, serving of all criminal and civil warrants, and security of the county's courthouse.
The Sheriff's Office also operates DeKalb County's major Fugitive Squad Unit, which is charged with locating and arresting fugitives from justice. Sheriff Brown’s commitment to his community is exemplified by his service of 20 years on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the boards of the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (Advisory Board); the Georgia Center for Children, a counseling center for sexually abused children; Project Destiny, a church-based counseling organization for first-time nonviolent juvenile offenders and their families; and Nicholas House, which assists homeless families. He is also a member of the Decatur Rotary Club and serves on the board of the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. (See other memberships below.) A graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Sheriff Brown was selected as the Alumni of the Year in 2001. Since being elected, Sheriff Brown has tied his annual golf classic and other fund-raising activities to philanthropic projects. The Boys and Girls Club of East DeKalb, the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, Our House Shelter for children of homeless families; and Youth Leadership DeKalb are among the organizations that have financially benefited from his fund-raising events.
A native of Atlanta, Sheriff Brown is a graduate of the Atlanta Public School System. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Brenau Professional College. He also holds Associate of Science degrees in Fire Service Technology and Emergency Medical Technology from DeKalb Community College, which is now known as Georgia Perimeter College. Sheriff Brown is married and has two children. EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science Degree, Administration, Brenau Professional College, Gainesville, Georgia Associate of Science Degree, Fire Science Technology, DeKalb Community College, Clarkston, Georgia Associate of Science Degree, Emergency Medical Technology, DeKalb Community College, Clarkston, Georgia CERTIFICATIONS: State of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)-certified Peace Officer, PBLE 91-2345-S MEMBERSHIPS/BOARD SERVICE: Northlake Medical Center Board of Trustees DeKalb County School System Business Advisory Committee Georgia Sheriffs Association National Organization Of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) DeKalb Rape Crisis Center Advisory Board Georgia Center for Children Advisory Board Project Destiny Board of Directors Nicholas House Board of Directors DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Decatur Rotary Club New Birth Missionary Baptist Church AWARDS: Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice: “Law Enforcement Award" South DeKalb Rotary Club: "Public Safety Officer of the Year" DeKalb Community College: "Outstanding Alumnus Award" Leadership DeKalb: "Alumni of the Year Award"