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Where are those sheriff’s cars headed?


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 29, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Where are those sheriff’s cars headed?

The Newnan Times-Herald

Driving around the county in marked cars, we know you see us.

And we know you’re looking. Every second of every day that we are in our county cars and our uniforms, we are a reflection on our leaders we work with and for.

With that being said, we are also a reflection on you. We are all in this together. We work for you. We work with you. This is our county, our community. We protect it.

We are not warriors. We are guardians. We are trained, and more than willing, to do warrior acts if that is what it takes to protect what is ours.

As we pass you throughout the year in our county vehicles, you may wonder where we are going. Are we heading to a call or are we just following you to make your commute as uncomfortable as possible?

Given our call volume and manpower, 90 percent of the time we are heading to a call. As of Dec. 12, these are some of the things we have been going to as you have seen us on the roads.

When you have seen us on the road without our lights and sirens this year, we have responded to:

1,139 family disputes

1,183 non-family disputes

203 burglaries

1,519 assist motorists

1,580 assist other agencies – think any agency that may be dealing with a combative patient – fire and EMS – or a less-than-cooperative person – DFCS

119 assaults

3,447 alarms

1,535 motor vehicle collisions

57 child/elder abuse calls

1,455 welfare checks – Grandmother isn’t answering her phone? No one has seen the neighbor for days or even when you just want the weird looking guy walking down the street checked on.

1,451 traffic complaints

871 thefts

5,036 suspicious person/car/activity calls

99 stolen vehicles

105 sexual offenses

99 missing person calls

56 runaway juveniles

451 juvenile complaints

188 hit and runs

452 funeral escorts

452 fraud calls

240 entering autos

When you see us on the road and our lights and sirens are activated, assuming we aren’t pulling you over, then time is of the essence and lives are on the line. Here is a list of some of the calls we have responded to this year code-3 – lights and sirens:

552 accident with injuries

5 accident with fatalities

35 subject armed calls

22 armed robberies – either in progress or just occurred

50 assault with injuries

52 burglary in progress calls

45 cardiac arrest calls – We are often dispatched to these calls because we are already in our car and mobile, and can arrive on scene before Fire and EMS and begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation

240 unknown trouble/problems – all 911 can get from the caller is an address and a bunch of screaming

161 family violence calls

99 fights in progress

23 gunshot/stab wound calls

148 psychiatric patient calls

240 suicide calls – threats, attempts, completed

Calls for service that normally do not require an emergency/code 3 response can always change based on the notes our dispatchers are putting in the screens. The above list is not a list of every type of call we have handled this year, but what we believe might be of interest to our community.

We have worked through a hurricane this year and, a few weeks ago, a snow storm.

This is a partial list of the calls this agency has responded to. This does not include the men and women who do the same for the cities of Newnan, Grantville and Senoia. This also does not include the men and women of the fire department and EMS.

Those times you see our cars parked somewhere off to the side? We do our reports in our cars. We may be sitting there typing a report in between calls for service. No matter what we are doing, we are 24/7.

If you need us, we are coming. If you are the reason someone needs us, we are coming. And we will find you.

Toby Nix is a local writer, guitarist and deputy sheriff.