The Tattnall County Sheriff's Office has 15 deputies, three secretaries, 23 full-time jailers, four dispatchers, 10 part-time employees and one Intern. The Tattnall County Sheriff's Office also employs two deputies and four bailiffs who run operations in the courtrooms of the Grand Jury, Superior, Juvenile and State Courts.The chief deputy and chief jailer manage a 150-bed county jail.
While enforcement plays a major role in its day-to-day responsibilities, the sheriff's office also places a high value on public safety, awareness and prevention. This is accomplished through education, training and by providing residents access to accurate and timely information. This information is part of that initiative.
The sheriff's office, located in Reidsville, the County Seat of Tattnall County, is proud of the many services offered to the community. Prevention and awareness classes, training programs and providing relevant information to residents of our county are just a few of the ways the sheriff's office contribute its time and energy.
The dedicated men and women within the Sheriff’s Office operate in a variety of roles including Uniform Patrol, Court Services, Detention, Criminal Investigations and Administration. The Sheriff is a constitutional officer deriving his authority from Georgia’s Constitution and common law. The Sheriff’s Office is a department of county government and is funded through County taxes and other revenue. The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county. Sheriffs and their deputies are certified through the State of Georgia.
The Sheriff operates the jail and provides court security as well as being responsible for serving civil papers and executing arrest warrants. A full service Sheriff’s Office also provides primary law enforcement within unincorporated areas of the county and may contract with municipalities to provide such services within municipalities. Whether or not a contract is in place, the Sheriff still has full jurisdiction within municipalities in his county.
The Sheriff's Patrol Division is the backbone of the law enforcement component of the Sheriff's Office. Patrol Deputies are the first responders to all major crimes and other emergencies. It is the responsibility of the Patrol Division to respond to every type of call for service from a barking dog to a fatal motor vehicle accident or homicide scene. Patrol Deputies respond to and assist the public in these and many other types of volatile situations.
The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) investigates crimes committed in Tattnall County that are reported to the Patrol Division and directly from victims. Crimes investigated by CID include Homicides, Property Crimes, Theft, Burglaries, Arson, Forgery, Criminal Mischief, crimes committed against children, physical and sexual abuse and missing persons. Detectives obtain evidence, interview victims/witnesses, determine suspects and evaluate cases for prosecution. Their duties also include evaluating crime trends and recovering stolen items.
In addition to its law enforcement functions, the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office is an active partner with the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and the Georgia Youth Homes.
The Sheriff is elected every four years and the Sheriff’s Office is directly accountable to the people which it serves. Every county in Georgia has a Sheriff’s Office as a constitutional requirement.