Reentry Program Meet & Greet

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 lwilliams@sheriff.douglas.ga.us.

Visiting Midway Community Resource Center

We had a great time making some new friends at the Midway Community Resource Center.  It is truly an honor to partner with such wonderful groups that are interested in making their community better!  It may have been cold out, but it’s never too cold to share some ice cream!

Stuffed Animal Delivery

Sheriff Tim Pounds had the great pleasure of accepting a generous gift of stuffed animals for our littlest community members.  St. John Paul II Council 10821 of the Knights of Columbus, members John Bumbalo and Mike Mulcare, brought these precious toys to the office  for our deputies to provide to children in times of need.  We cannot thank them enough!

 

Exodus Ranch Foster Fun Day

A huge THANK YOU goes out to our friends at the Exodus Ranch here in Douglasville.  They provided a day of fun activities and horseback riding as well as a demonstration by some of their rider’s awesome skills to foster children in the area.  There was food, fun and an opportunity to visit with these precious children.  The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was proud to be invited to participate in this great event.

Convoy of Care

Every year some of our Georgia neighbors are adversely affected by severe weather.  The Convoy of Care gathers donations at the beginning of the season so affected families can receive necessary supplies in their time of need.   The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is proud to assist in this worthwhile effort to prepare in advance to help Georgia communities in need.  For more information on the Convoy of Care, check out their website!

http://www.caring4others.org/partnerships/convoy-of-care/

Eastside Elementary Visit

On March 21st, members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office were privileged to visit with the children at Eastside Elementary School.  The kids got to see some of our equipment, and we got to make some new friends!

Career Day at Burnette Elementary

On March 14, 2019, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office had the great pleasure of meeting some of our future community leaders at the Burnett Elementary School Career Day. Students were able to get a close up view of some of our special equipment, our patrol cars and our portable detention trailer. And, of course, they had to wrap up the day with some ice cream from out Polar Patrol! Thank you for having us, Burnett. We had a great time!

Sweetwater Elementary School

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is committed to fostering positive relationships with our community.  On March 15th, we got to share some ice cream with students at Sweetwater Elementary School.  The deputies and the kids had a great time!

 

Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting (includes video)

Sheriff Tim Pounds and his command staff held a fellowship dinner and town hall meeting at West Metro Church on Kings Hwy Monday night. Hot dogs and hamburgers were grilled by DCSO personnel and served by CLEA-A and church staff. The meal was followed by the meeting where Sheriff Pounds introduced his command staff from various divisions including Investigations, Patrol, Warrants/Civil/Fugitive/Transports, Court Services, and Jail. Each supervisor then explained what their respective divisions did and how they operated. A full video of the meeting is available online:

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Shop With A Cop 2018

“Shop with a Cop 2018” was a huge success! The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County sponsored its 21st Kids Christmas Special “Shop with a Cop” event at the Walmart off Hwy 5. Each year the Kiwanis Club raises funds to take a child from a financially challenged household Christmas shopping. This year 120 students were selected from six local elementary schools: Eastside, Burnett, North Douglas, Bright Star, Dorset Shoals and Mt. Carmel Elementary Schools.

Teachers/chaperones from each school requested buses, also paid for by the Kiwanis Club, and transported the students to the Kids Christmas Special event. Upon arriving, students were escorted to the back of the Walmart store where they could talk with Santa and have a picture made, sit at tables and have snacks until the event started.

Each student was allotted $100 to spend on themselves and/or siblings and parents. Students were escorted by local law enforcement (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office), firemen, military, City and County employees, as well as local officials representing Douglasville and Douglas County. The escorts assisted their assigned students in making their purchases and remaining in the $100.00 range.  After the items were rung up by the cashiers, they were bagged for each student with their name and school on the bag. The bags were taken to the individual schools. The Kiwanis Club paid the final bill.

We would also like to thank the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy Alums (CLEAA) for helping “bag and tag” each child’s purchase(s). Their help is always appreciated!

 

Welcome, K9 Copper!

Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office have noticed a significant increase in the number of missing persons, especially amongst the elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia and children (especially with autism). Since Sheriff Pounds took office in January, 2017, there have been 475 missing/runaway persons. Out of those approximately 37 were disabled children and adults. Only five of those cases remain open which are all runaway juveniles where no foul play is suspected.

Some of these were large scale searches that involved multi-jurisdictional responses and resources. In some of these cases a well trained bloodhound could have expedited the efforts in locating these individuals.

“Copper,” a blood hound graciously donated by two local breeders, Cody Sparks and Rebecca Myers will be trained in tracking children and Alzheimer’s/dementia patients in the efforts to assist with locating missing persons. Donated at 13 weeks old, Copper will also be trained in public relations and used in S.C.O.P.E. (Sheriff’s Community Outreach Program & Education) activities.

DCSO’s K-9 Unit provides teams of highly trained canines and handlers for the purpose of protecting citizens and enhancing the safety of fellow law enforcement officers. The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit aspires to relate, in a positive manner, with the general public, maintain a professional image, and to constantly strive to increase the efficiency and productivity of the Unit through continuous training.

Sheriff Pounds is dedicated to serving and protecting our community as he has done for the people of Douglas County for more than 40 years.

Trunk or Treat 2018

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the courthouse on Sunday for our 7th Annual Trunk or Treat. The weather couldn’t have been better which brought out thousands to the event. We would also like to thank the Douglasville Police Department for being such a wonderful partner in the event.

Community Events

Sheriff Tim Pounds and personnel from the SCOPE Division were busy over the weekend! There were several events on Saturday that the Sheriff, several of our School Resource Officers, and the ice cream truck attended including the Crossroads For Life Community Back to School Give Away Day and the Back 2 School Jamboree and Resource Fair at Jessie Davis Park, plus events at the Children’s Dental Group on Thornton Road and Christ Apostolic Life Church on Newman Street.

Cornerstone Early Learning Center Field Trip

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the teachers and students from Cornerstone Early Learning Center for stopping by today. MSgt. Jesse Hambrick showed the kids around most of our facility, and answered a lot of questions during the tour. If your organization would like to tour our facility, please contact either Lt. Elmer Horn at ehorn@sheriff.douglas.ga.us or MSgt. Jesse Hambrick at jhambrick@sheriff.douglas.ga.us.

Special Olympics 2018

Sheriff Tim Pounds and other personnel attended the Special Olympics events at New Manchester High School on April 10, 2018. These events give special needs athletes a chance to compete in sports in a safe and fun environment.