On November 19th 2020, several members of our SCOPE Division visited area elementary schools to deliver food items that were donated by Local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13 in Mableton. Several personnel from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are also members of that lodge. FOP Lodge 13 donates food each year before Thanksgiving to schools in Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding Counties. Each school then distributes the food to needy students and their families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. We look forward to participating in this event each year.
Sgt. Joe Pounds of our SCOPE Division was recently presented with a certificate of appreciation for helping the community. Justus, who wants to eventually have a career in law enforcement, is a student at Brighten Academy and was given an assignment to write about his hero. Sgt. Pounds was pleasantly surprised at the honor, and will keep a copy of the certificate in his office. He looks forward to the day when he can give Justus a real badge.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate the Fifth Graders at Holly Springs Elementary for their completion of the DARE program. The ten-week DARE curriculum is aimed at teaching 5th Graders the dangers of drugs, as well as how to cope with negative outside influences such as bullies and stress. At the end of the semester, each student is asked to write an essay about what they learned from the DARE program. One student from each homeroom is chosen as a class winner based on their essay. Out of those students, a single overall school winner is chosen. That student will then participate in a “DARE Day” during the summer break of 2020. Previous outings have been to places such as Six Flags and other metro-Atlanta amusement-type parks. They then end the day with a pizza party at Chuck E. Cheese.
Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff would like to thank the students at Brighten Academy for the gift of a little lending library. This library was built by the students as a way to give back to their community. Books donated by the kids will be available in our Bonding and Visitation building for visitors to read while they are waiting for to either visit with or pick up their loved one. We appreciate the time and thoughtfulness the students put into this project. We would also like to recognize Capt. Tim Sword for working closely with the students and their teacher, Mrs. Cuyler, on the design and message of the little library.
Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office were happy to participate in this year’s Christmas shopping event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County. There were 120 students from area schools that participated and escorted through the Walmart Douglasville store in search of presents for themselves as well as family. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, Douglasville Police Department, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Douglas County Fire/EMS Department, and other city and county employees also participated. We look forward to participating again next year!
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office brought back the DARE program starting this year, and it is Deputy Hutcheson’s first year teaching DARE classes. The ten-week DARE curriculum is aimed at teaching 5th Graders the dangers of drugs, as well as how to cope with negative outside influences such as bullies and stress. At the end of the semester, each student is asked to write an essay about what they learned from the DARE program. One student from each homeroom is chosen as a class winner based on their essay. Out of those students, a single overall school winner is chosen. That student will then participate in a “DARE Day” during the summer break of 2020. Previous outings have been to places such as Six Flags and other metro-Atlanta amusement-type parks. They then end the day with a pizza party at Chuck E. Cheese. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and in particular Deputy “Hutch,” are very proud of these students for making it so hard to pick the winning essays.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate our latest Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy graduating class. We would like to thank everyone who signed up for and attended class for the past 12 weeks.
Our Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy is an important part of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. This program gives our residents a first-hand look at how, and why, we do what we do. We cover a wide and varied array of topics during the twelve weeks including, but not limited to:
- Orientation / Training for Law Enforcement & Corrections
- Jail Operations & Tour
- Criminal Law / Ethics & Professionalism
- Search & Seizure / Liability
- Domestic Violence / Child Abuse
- Gangs / S.R.O. / Internet Crimes
- Use of Force / Firearms Training
- Communications / Patrol Operations
- S.E.R.T. / K-9 Functions
- Undercover Operations / Crime Scenes and Evidence
- Ride with a Deputy on Patrol
Many of our graduates have said that this program has given them a new insight and respect for law enforcement, and they would absolutely recommend everyone go through the academy. Our next round of classes will be held in the spring of 2020. If you are interested in signing up, check out our CLEA page for more information.
At the beginning of the school year, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Douglas County School System reinstated the DARE program in our elementary schools. Today, the first fifth grade D.A.R.E. class in Douglas County in over a decade graduated the program at Bright Star Elementary led by Deputy Hutcheson. We are so proud of the fifth grade, the essay representatives and our relationship with our schools. Congratulations to everyone. More graduations will follow!
Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are proud recognize My Kind of Dad. This family-run business was started by Michelle Williams and her husband, Jay. Along with creating balloon displays for parties, weddings and other functions, they give back to the community by providing inmates with a chance to connect with their children through the gift of a custom balloon bear and keepsake box. For parents who are incarcerated, these gifts help to show the children that they are loved, even though their parent can’t be with them. Each parent is encouraged to write a letter to their child, which is then placed in the keepsake box.
The inmates who were selected to take part in the program are currently participating in the Douglas County Adult Detention Reentry Program. This program, started in 2018 by Sheriff Pounds, aims to combat the recidivism rate in Douglas County. Inmates who are selected for the program, and who will be released into the Douglas County community, are given contact information for job placement, housing, transportation, and other resources. While they are incarcerated, inmates also meet with life coaches, and learn skills that will help them get jobs once they are released. One of the great things about this program is that it’s completely free. The resource providers donate their time in service to their community.
Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff would like to thank everyone who participated in and who came to see us at this year’s Trunk Or Treat. We would especially like to thank the Douglasville Police Department for coming out as well. This is the 8th year we’ve held this event, and it gets bigger and better each year. Even with the rain, there was still an incredible turn out. We hope to see everyone again next year!
Sheriff Tim Pounds and staff at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Sgt. Donna Morris on her retirement. She has been with us for 37 years serving in various departments and was both a DARE and BLAST officer. We wish her well as she takes some well-deserved time off!
Sheriff Tim Pounds and the SCOPE Division would like to thank Mr. Jack Clower for the invitation to attend this years Special Olympics Awards cookout. Each year, Mr. Clower hosts the event on his farm to honor Special Olympics athletes and their families. It’s always a blessing to attend this annual cookout.
It was our pleasure to host the quarterly Metro Atlanta Reentry Coalition meeting here at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on June 18th 2019. This coalition aims to provide the guidance and support required for someone reentering society so they can become a positive member of society and avoids recidivism. The Metro counties meet quarterly and network with each other regarding services and resources that could help our reentry participants.
Sheriff Tim Pounds opened up the meeting with a welcome and introduction of everyone attending the meeting. Winston Smith Jr., a certified life coach, volunteers every week to coach our male reentry participants spoke about his involvement in the reentry program.
Chief Michael Mansour and Sheriff Tim Pounds have again partnered for the 2019 Kids Law Enforcement Academy (KLEA). Joining us in this partnership is the Douglas County Board of Education.
The dates are Monday July 15th through Friday July 19th. The location is Mirror Lake Elementary School. We will begin each day’s events at 9 o’clock am and conclude at 3 o’clock pm.
The Kids’ Academy is for children who will be in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Attendees must be a resident of the City of Villa Rica (Carroll or Douglas County side) or Douglas County and not have attended the Academy in the past 3 years.
Applications are available at the Villa Rica Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
ALL applications MUST be turned into either agency no later than Saturday, July 6th.
For the comfort and safety of the children, parents and or guardians will not be allowed to be present during the academy. A special graduation ceremony will be held on Friday July 19th that is open for parents/guardians.
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Good people sometimes make bad life choices, and the consequences of those choices can include spending time in the Douglas County Jail. With that in mind, Sheriff Tim Pounds has implemented a reentry program to help those people make better choices once they leave our facility. For the past year, our reentry program has focused on breaking the pattern of recidivism.
Each week, qualified and vetted individuals and organizations volunteer to meet with inmates, separated into male and female classes, to discuss how to succeed and be productive once they leave our facility. Life coaches help them to discover their purpose and understand why they made the choices that led them down the wrong path. The inmates also learn about setting goals, and the steps necessary to reach those goals.
Other classes include how to write a resume and preparing for job interviews. Educators also come in to discuss the process of getting a GED and/or continuing education. Sheriff Pounds will soon be implementing an in-house GED program for those inmates who need it in order to gain employment.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also held a networking meet-and-greet last month for organizations and individuals to exchange information on the programs they offer to offenders. One topic that came up during the meet-and-greet was the need to have a structured, scheduled reentry program outside of the jail. Several inmates have given feedback about the need for a cohesive program in the community to help with issues such as housing, child custody, financial and money management, and transportation.
If you, your company or organization would like more information on this program, please contact Lisa Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.