Yesterday, an inmate work crew was out at Jessie Davis Park repairing the sidewalk at the pool.
We had a blast at the Special Olympics Games today at New Manchester High School! Congrats to all the winners, competitors and volunteers.
Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Sheriff’s Community Outreach Program & Education (SCOPE) Division would like to thank all the pastors, preachers, priests and other church leaders for attending yesterday’s community meeting. It has been Sheriff Pounds’ goal to help close the divide between law enforcement and the community. This meeting is but the first step in doing just that.
An invitation was sent out last week for all church pastors to meet at the Sheriff’s Office in order to discuss reaching out to the community. The primary reason the SCOPE Division was formed was to bring the Sheriff’s Office and the community together as one. Only by working together can we dispel the myths and animosity towards law enforcement.
Discussed in this meeting were ideas on how to get the children in the community less likely to be involved in drugs and gangs. The Sheriff’s Office was interested in what programs the community churches already had in place that we could participate in, rather than reinvent the wheel. Lt. Elmer Horn discussed the Explorers program that he has been involved with for over 20 years. The program is aimed at 14-20-year-olds. It not only focuses on law enforcement as a profession, but the instructors also teach life skills such as accountability, and respect for oneself and others.
Also discussed was the recent acquisition of an ice cream truck. The Boston Police Department was the first law enforcement agency to purchase that type of vehicle, and the response from their community has been outstanding. Another agency in Missouri followed with a vehicle of their own, especially considering the tensions after Ferguson. They, too, saw an increase in positive interactions between their community and agency as well. Along with the free frozen treats, our officers will be working with the children in the community to help them avoid bad decisions later on in life.
Sheriff Pounds hopes that by opening a dialogue with church leaders, we can help at risk children and families before they need us in a law enforcement capacity.
The Douglas County Task Force on Family Violence, in partnership with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County Courthouse, has started a cell phone recycling project. The purpose of the project is to recycle cell phones for funds that will go towards victim assistance of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Drop boxes are located in the lobbies of the Sheriff’s Office and the Courthouse. The Task Force is collecting all types of cell phones from smart phones to flip phones and older. There is no deadline for dropping off phones. Not only is this a great way to support victims and survivors, but it also keeps electronic waste out of landfills.
An inmate work crew recently worked to repair and repaint the Deer Lick Park concession stand.
Another of our inmate work crews recently worked to clear the retention pond behind the Woodie Fite Senior Center.
Lt. Jewell and K9 Big participated in Mount Carmel Elementary School‘s Career Day last Friday. The students were excited to get a chance to sit in the back of our mobile Command Center and talk to Lt. Jewell about what it’s like to work for the Sheriff’s Office.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE, Douglas County, Georgia —
A former Nurse, contracted out to the Douglas County Sheriffs Office, has been arrested on multiple counts in an investigation involving interaction with an inmate.
Alisha Morgan, a 35 year old female, was taken into custody March 14th, and charged with the following:
– Conspiracy to Commit a Felony
– Participation in Criminal Gang Activity
– Attempt or Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Act
– Use of Communications Facilities
– Items Prohibited for Possession by Inmates
An additional charge is pending. No bond was set for Morgan.
Last night at St.Theresa Catholic Church, Lt. John Jewell and K9 Big visited with Cub Scouts Pack 1990. We talked about when to dial 911 and when not too. We talked about the DCSO K9 Unit with K9 BIG doing a Demo. Thank you to the Pack Leaders and Parents of Pack 1990 for the invite!
Yesterday, Chief Deputy Conner and Colonel Oliver attended “Chief’s Day at the Capitol.” This was coordinated by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. They attended a 4 hour legal update class then went to the Capitol where Governor Deal spoke.
Pictured are Chief Deputy Kenneth Conner, Colonel Doug Oliver, State Representatives Micah Gravley and Howard Maxwell, Chief Gary Sparks (Douglasville PD), and Chief Scott Halter and Major Jim Boshell (Dallas [Paulding] PD).
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy Alumni for their generous donation to the Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Ice Cream Truck. We purchased the ice cream truck using seized drug money, and it will travel the county educating our youth about Drug & Gang Awareness while handing out free ice cream. If you would like to donate please contact Lt. Elmer Horn at: 678-486-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week’s storms took out several trees and large limbs in the downtown Douglasville and Courthouse areas. Our inmate work crews were called out to help with the cleanup which included clearing a tree off a vehicle.
Sheriff Tim Pounds met with several of our civilian classes last night: Explorers, CLEAA (Civilian Law Enforcement Academy Alumni), and a group taking the Civilian Handgun Clinic. During these meetings, Sheriff Pounds discussed his vision for the future. He was very thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to meet with the students and citizens who came to the office last night.
After extensive investigation murder suspect Darryl Barksdale was arrested on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at Windwood Apartment Complex in Austell, GA without incident by the Cobb County Police Department.
Barksdale was wanted for a home invasion/murder that had taken place on October 7, 2015 at Birch Landing Apartment Complex in Lithia Springs, GA.
Barksdale is currently at the Douglas County Adult Detention Center charged with Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Home invasion First Degree, Burglary First Degree, and Aggravated Assault.
Lt. Glenn Daniel
As you may have heard a small group of Ku Klux Klan members have notified us that they will hold a protest at the Douglas County Courthouse this Sunday. They are there to protest Superior Court Judge William McClain’s recent sentencing decision of two individuals stemming from a 2015 incident. Sheriff Pounds says that everyone has a constitutional right to peacefully assemble an engage in free speech and is asking that the community allow them to come, protest, and leave without incident. Sheriff Pounds says that the Ku Klux Klan is just looking for an audience and he is encouraging everyone to avoid the courthouse on Sunday so that their words fall on deaf ears, an “empty parking lot.” What he doesn’t want is for our community to show up in opposition and for it to get out of hand; because if it does get out of hand, we will have plenty of law enforcement officers there to handle any situation that may arise. Please Share!!!