September 2014

September 2014 Newsletter - Clarke County Sheriff's Office

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Information You Can Use

We would like to remind everyone about the 24 hour warrant tip line if you have information that can lead to the apprehension of persons with outstanding warrants in Athens-Clarke County 706-338-3432
(Victim Information Notification Everyday)
Victims have the right to know when offenders are getting out of jail or prison. But manually contacting victims is nearly impossible, and is a drain on staff resources. VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) helps keep communities safe and informed by providing crime victims access to information about offenders' custody status and notifying them about any changes in that status. This service is available to all in the Athens-Clarke Community by providing notice when an offender is moved or released. Citizens may register by phone or computer below:
Athens-Clarke County VINE service: 1-800-467-4975
Or by computer use VINELINK at

Sheriff Receives Thank You

Pictured L-R: Sheriff Edwards, Sadie Pratt, Amelia Baer and Lt. Leon Miller

On September 11, 2014, Sheriff Edwards received a “Thank You” banner from the Athens Community Council on Aging and Community Connection 211. HandsOn Northeast Georgia and Senior Corps at the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) partnered to bring the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance to Northeast Georgia. This campaign was to thank public safety officers in both Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties, including firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical responders. Presenting the beautiful Thank You Banner (Pictured in the background) are Sadie Pratt and Amelia Baer who are also students at Chase Street Elementary School. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank these young ladies and also the ACCA and Community Connection for their thoughtful presentation.
Community Connection Athens Community Council on Aging

2014 Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr. Charity Motorcycle Ride
Last year our Charity Motorcycle Ride was a great success raising over $12,000 for our local charities. This annual Charity Event sponsored by the Clarke County Sheriff's Office and our Local Partners supports and provides funds for the Youth of our Community and State. This years charitable recipients are the Athens Tutorial Program and the Clarke County D.A.R.E. Program. We are supporting these two very worth while charitable programs in our community. Please join us again for a great ride, fellowship, music, and food while supporting our much needed community programs!

Don't have a motorcycle? We invite you to come out and eat some great barbeque and enjoy the fun. Barbecue tickets are on sale now. Contact Captain Hodges if you are interested at 706-613-3250 or by email at

This year we are riding in the memory of Leon "Pops" Miller, Jr., father of our own Lt. Leon Miller, III. Pops helped the Sheriff's Office and was instrumental in our previous charity rides every year with his support. He also drove our chase vehicle. We miss him greatly as this is our first year without him.

Clarke County Jail C.O.L.S. Class

Recently eleven women inmates at the Clarke County Jail received certificates for completion of the Circle of Life class. The program was developed by Cpl. Takia Taylor of the Inmate Programs Office in 2013 and 69 women have completed the program. The Circle of Life class includes two major components. Cpl. Taylor leads a support group designed to assist the women in understanding and coping with different feelings and emotions, and Michelle Arrington of Samaritan Counseling Center leads the group in Yoga. Inmates typically express that this combination of activities provides them with additional skills to deal with the challenges they face and also creates greater peace and less conflict in the women's housing area. Ms. Arrington was presented with a plaque expressing appreciation for her dedicated volunteer work with the COLS class since its inception.

Deputies Graduate GPSTC Athens

Pictured L-R: Chief Tommy York, Deputy Terry Busbin, Deputy James Joy, Deputy Torin Jackson, Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr., and Chief Deputy Jimps Cole

Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr. and the Sheriff’s Office Team would like to congratulate Deputy Terry Busbin, Deputy Torin Jackson and Deputy James Joy on their graduation from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Athens, Class 272 September 12, 2014. Additionally, Deputy Terry Busbin was awarded the flag award for overall performance. We are proud of their commitment to the community and their accomplishment.

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