Sheriffs and their deputies have arrest powers in all areas of the county where they were elected, including all cities, towns, and villages located within the county. The General Duties and Responsibilities of the Sheriffs Office as defined in the Official Code of Georgia and the Constitution of the State of Georgia are:
the preservation of the public peace
the protection of life and property
the prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal activity
the apprehension and confinement of offenders
the recovery of property
the control of crowds at public events
the control of vehicular traffic
the investigation of traffic accidents
the protection of property and assistance during civil emergencies or natural disasters
maintain the safety and security of the courts
may serve subpoenas, summonses, warrants, or writs; or enforce money decrees such as those relating to child support payments, garnishment of wages or sale of property; and enforce the collection of taxes.
Preserve order at public polling places.
Publish announcements regarding sale of foreclosed property.
responsible for conducting public auctions of foreclosed property.
Serving eviction notices
Maintain the county jail
transport prisoners to and from court.
responsible for transporting county prisoners to state prison after they’re been sentenced by the court.
Responsible for transporting mentally ill persons to facilities for treatment
In many areas the sheriff is responsible for all law enforcement of their jurisdiction.
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