October 2014

October 2014 Newsletter - Clarke County Sheriff's Office

Halloween/Trick-or Treat Safety Tips

  • You or a responsible adult should always accompany children ages 12 and under when trick or treating.
  • Ensure costumes fit well, are flame retardant, and never obscure visibility.
  • Have your trick-or-treater wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light or glow stick.
  • Children over the age of 12 who are responsible enough to go without you, should stay in groups, follow and agreed upon route, and watch for cars.
  • Check our website for registered sex offenders residing in the area.
  • Teach your children never to enter any home without you or without your permission and only approach homes that are well lit.
  • Remind your children to stay in well lit areas, never to take shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
  • Let your children know to tell you or a trusted adult if they see anything weird or unusual.
  • Teach children to bring treats home before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats unless you know the giver well.
  • Teach your children to say NO and GET AWAY from a person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused; even if it means yelling, kicking, attracting attention or any other means of resisting. TRUST THEIR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult.
  • Consider safe alternatives such as parties at home, schools, or community organized events as safe alternatives to trick-or treating.
The Sheriff’s Office strives in making sure sex offenders live at their registered address.  As such, address verifications have been completed recently for high risk offenders who have registered an address in Athens-Clarke County. It is crucial that our citizens see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living. Citizens are encouraged to check any addresses where they or their family spend time. You will also find many other beneficial tools such as the ability to sign up for FREE automatic email notifications informing you if an offender moves within a specified radius of any address you register. The website for the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/sheriff. Citizens should click on the link "Sex Offenders" on the left menu. Sheriff Edwards encourages everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween.

14th Annual Sheriff Ira Edwards Charity Motorcycle Ride - This Saturday (10/18/14)

The event will be held at Cycle World of Athens. Registration is from 11:30am to 12:45pm and the ride begins at 1:00pm. The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and our Local Partners sponsor the event with the proceeds providing funds for the Youth of our Community and State. This year's charitable recipients are the Athens Tutorial Program and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Program. Come out and ride for a great cause!

Senior Deputy Promotions

Please join us in congratulating the following Deputies on their recent promotions to Senior Deputy within the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Benjamin Allen promoted to Senior Deputy Jail Section
Deputy Troy Ferreira promoted to Senior Deputy Jail Section
Deputy Jose Santana promoted to Senior Deputy Jail Section
Deputy Lindsay Velez promoted to Senior Deputy Jail Section
Deputy Roy Williams promoted to Senior Deputy Jail Section
Deputy Timothy Zellner promoted to Senior Deputy Jail Section

(L-R) Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr., Sr. Deputy Troy Ferreira, Sr. Deputy Lindsay Velez, Sr. Deputy Jose Santana, Sr. Deputy Roy Williams, Sr. Deputy Benjamin Allen, Sr. Deputy Timothy Zeller and Chief Jailer Tommy York

ACC Jail Completes First Job Readiness Class

On 09/29/14, The Clarke County Sheriff's Office Jail Section implemented its very first Job Readiness Class. The instructor for the class was our very own Ms. Harriet Collins. On October 13, 2014 the first class (approximately 7 inmates)  received a certificate of completion for successfully meeting all of the requirements for the course. The next class is scheduled later this month for the inmates housed in other jail areas. Class participation is on a voluntary basis.

The Job Readiness class is held twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) for a total of 4 sessions at 1.5 hours per session which includes,

  • Job Search Techniques
  • Applications (the proper way to fill out) and Resumes (how to build)
  • The Interview Process (preparing for)
  • Federal Bonding program (incentives for employers to hire ex-offenders)

Participants will learn about various tools needed to find employment. The class is usually interactive, yet informative. Students are given written work to complete in class as well as role playing.

Service Pins Awarded

Ms. Clyvette Diskell receives her 20 yr service pin from Sheriff Edwards

Corporal T. Thomas (L) and Sgt. P. Marks (R) receive their 10 year service pins from Sheriff Edwards