As a source of information for the public regarding criminal activity in the community, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office of Public Information is committed to cooperating with legitimate news media outlets to provide relevant facts that are public record.


News media organizations seeking interviews, photos, or other information for use with news stories should contact Cynthia Baugh Williams, Public Information Officer, at 404-298-8144 Monday through Friday during business hours or at other times by email at


Booking photos (mug shots) of inmates at the DeKalb County Jail are available to news media that comply with an amendment to Georgia Law in July, 2014, which requires signing an AFFIRMATION STATEMENT determining how the photos will be used.

The law says:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 35-1-19, subsection (d), all persons requesting a booking photograph from an arresting law enforcement agency shall submit a statement affirming that the use of such photograph will not:

  1. Be placed in a publication or posted to a website or transferred to a person to be placed in a publication or website; and
  1. Removal or deletion of such booking photograph from such publication or website requires the payment of a fee or other consideration.

Any person who knowingly makes a false statement in requesting a booking photograph shall be guilty of a violation of Code Section 16-10-20.


Follow this link to access news releases, video clips and other forms of news coverage from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.


To file an Open Records Act request, please complete and submit this OPEN RECORDS ACT REQUEST form. For information – Georgia Open Records Act