On Oct 11th, the day after the hurricane hit, Sheriff Reid and 4 deputies traveled to Gulf County, Port St Joe and Mexico Beach, carrying generators, tarps, fuel and water to help the people of that hard hit area. Our deputies have been working hard, ever since, to help the people in that area.We are grateful to have them back home, safely. Please keep the folks affected by hurricane Michael in your thoughts and prayers.
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Major John Davis As 2nd in command, Major Davis overseesthe entire Sheriff's Office operation. Major Davis performs his duties with 37 years of Law Enforcement experience in Hamilton County. Major Davis can be reached at (386) 792-2004.
Lieutenant I.H. Belote, Jr. (Chip) Lt. Belote oversees all departments of Law Enforcement Operations. He performs his duties with 37 years of experience with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.Lt. Belote can be reached at (386) 792-7108.
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The Drug Task Force conducts complex joint investigations with surrounding county and city jurisdictional agencies as well as State and Federal agencies, to include Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The primary goal of the Hamilton County Drug Task Force is to identify and arrest individuals or criminal organizations for the use, sale and distribution of illegal or controlled substances, and remove the drugs from our streets. This goal ranges from the drug abusers, through the street dealers, up to the mid and upper level drug distributors. The targeted drugs include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, synthetic narcotics, and psychedelic substances, as well as prescription drugs used for illegal recreation. The Hamilton County Drug Task Force achieves these goals through interdiction patrol, undercover surveillance, undercover buys and with in-depth investigations based on intelligence information gained from the community. The Hamilton County Drug Task Force could not be effective without the help provided by the community. If you have any information regarding illegal activity at any level, in or around our community, you may contact someone in the Drug Task Force -anonymously at (386)792-1001.
Consumer Frauds and ScamsTips to help you avoid scams and fraud.
Law Enforcement and Governmental Agencies do not use the phone or e-mail to contact individuals regarding money transfers or warrant payments.We would encourage anyone who has questions to contact their local Law Enforcement Agency either by phone or in person.
ATTENTION ******** SCAM********ATTENTIONNumerous complaints have been received by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office regarding an unknown subject calling individuals within our county, advising that they failed to report for jury duty and now owe a fine to the Clerk of Court. The scammer is advising individuals that they need to purchase a pre-paid card to make the payment. Please be advised -THIS IS A SCAM. If you should receive one of these phone calls, please report it to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office by calling 386-792-2004 or 386-792-1410
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 556 is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and adheres to the principles set forth by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer programs across the nation.The Explorers meet and compete in training events such as traffic stops, hostage negotiation training, search techniques, proper procedures for arrest, etc.To become an Explorer you must:•Have completed the 8th grade and are 14 years of age•Must be in good physical condition•Must be enrolled in school and maintain a 2.5 grade point average•Must complete the HCSO background check•Obtain a letter of recommendation from your schoolFor more information on becoming an Explorer, please contact Captain Cornelius Bennett at (386)792-1001or E-mail at email@example.com
Visitation RulesInmates will obey all of the rules and regulations of the Department of the Jail. Inmates will not display disruptive, threatening, or abusive behavior toward other inmates and/or staff.If behavior is disruptive, disciplinary measures will be taken in accordance with the Department of the Jail County Jail disciplinary charges and penalties.Criminal charges may be filed as a result of criminal behavior.VisitationAll inmate visitors are subject to warrant checks and arrest. Individuals who are court ordered not have to have contact with the inmate will not be allowed to visit. If an attempt to visit is made, that inmates' visitation privilege will be revoked for all visitors (except legally mandated visits) during that inmates period of incarceration.Visitors who become rude and/or use vulgar or abusive language while in the lobby or visitation areas will be asked to leave. Failure to leave when asked may result in your arrest.Dress CodeNo shorts cut higher than mid-thighNo skirts or dresses that are shorter than knee heightShirts must have sleeves and will cover the entire upper torsoPants must be above the waist line and will not expose under garmentsNo see-through or tight fitting clothingNo coats or jacketsNo hats, caps or “do-rags”Proper photo identification is required of all visitors.An adult must accompany any child under the age of 18 years.Children visitors must stay with their custodian at all times. If this is not done, visitation may be canceled.Young adults, 14 years old and over, must have valid picture identification with proof of age.Rules for Visitors Visitors are permitted to visit only the inmate they have signed up to visit.Visitors may only visit one inmate per day.Visitors who are unruly or under the visible influence of drugs or alcohol will be denied visitation.Inmates will be responsible for the behavior of their visitors. Obscene and/or offensive gestures, acts or language is strictly prohibited.Property for inmates will not be accepted during visitation and no items will be transferred between a visitor and an inmate.There will be no defacing of facility property. This includes telephones, seats, walls, windows, etc.Visitors may not bring in medication except for nitroglycerin and respiratory inhalers, nor can they carry any personal property and/or food or drinks into any portion of the facility.
The facility reserves the right to refuse the entrance of any person, or terminate any visit when deemed necessary to enforce the rules and regulations of the facility.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is a collaborative effort between the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the Hamilton County School District to provide a positive influence on the community's youth. The SRO program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment. The Deputy, while in the school, is involved in a variety of functions aimed at prevention. In addition to being an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers, and administration regarding law issues.Another duty for the SRO is being a link to other agencies which provide crime prevention and counseling services within the school district. Working hand in hand with the principal in each school, the SRO assists with finding solutions to problems affecting school age children.For more information about the SRO program, please contact: Sheriff’s Office- (386)792-1001School- (386)792-6540 Ext.2239
HISTORY OF THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF The office of Sheriff is one of antiquity. It is the oldest law enforcement office known within the common-law system and it has always been accorded great dignity and high trust. For the most part, the office of Sheriff evolved of necessity. Were it not for laws which require enforcing, there would have been no necessity for the Sheriff. There would have been no need for the development of police administration, criminology, criminalists, etc. This is not the case, however. Man learned quite early that all is not orderly in the universe. All times and all places have generated those who covet the property of their neighbors and who are willing to expropriate this property by any means. As such, man's quest for equity and order gave birth to the office of Sheriff, the history of which begins in the Old Testament and Indeed, there is no honorable law enforcement authority in Anglo-American law so ancient as that of the County Sheriff. And today, as in the past, the County Sheriff is the peace officer entrusted with the maintenance of law and order and the preservation of domestic tranquility. Sheriffs have served and protected the English-speaking peoples for a thousand years. The office of Sheriff and the law enforcement, judicial and correctional functions he performs are more than 1000 years old. The office of Sheriff dates back at least to the reign of Alfred the Great of England, and some scholars even argue that the office of Sheriff was first created during the Roman occupation of England. Around 500 AD, Germanic tribes from Europe (called the Anglo-Saxons) began and invasion of Celtic England which eventually led over the centuries to the consolidation of Anglo-Saxon England as a unified kingdom under Alfred the Great late in the 9th Century. Alfred divided England into geographic units called "shires," or countries. In 1066, William the Conqueror defeated the Anglo-Saxon and instituted his own Norman government in England. Both under the Anglo Saxons and under the Normans, the King of England appointed a representative called a "reeve" to act on behalf of the king in each shire or county. The "shire-reeve" or King's representative in each county became the "Sheriff" as the English language changed over the years. The shire-reeve or Sheriff was the chief law enforcement officer of each county in the year 1000 AD. Florida's first constitution, adopted in March 1845 when Florida joined the Union, created the office of Sheriff as an elected official in each county. The concepts of "county" and "Sheriff" were essentially the same as they had been during the previous 900 years of English legal history. Because of the English heritage of the American colonies, the new United States adopted the English law and legal institutions as its own. Florida's constitution has been revised several times through the years, but the constitutional provisions establishing the office of the Sheriff remains the same as it was in 1845, which, in turn, is strikingly similar to the functioning of the office of Sheriff at the time of Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror. The major difference, of course, is that the Kings of England appointed their Sheriffs. From the earliest times in America, our Sheriffs have been elected by the people to serve as the principal law enforcement officer of each county. Clearly , the Sheriff is the only viable officer remaining of the ancient offices, and his contemporary responsibility as conservator of the peace has been influenced greatly by modern society. As the crossbow gave way to the primitive flintlock which, in turn, gave way to the sixgun, etc., ad infinitum, the Sheriff is not unaccustomed to change. But now, perhaps more than ever before in history, law enforcement is faced with complex, moving, rapid changes in methodology, technology and social attitudes. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in his THE VALUE OF CONSTITUTIONS, "the office of Sheriff is the most important of all the executive offices of the county." After more than a millennium of existence, the Sheriff continues to function as the great man in his county, ready for whatever each new day may bring to challenge the domestic tranquility of each county in America.
On December 26, 1827 Hamilton County was created the 15th County, along with Madison County, from Jefferson County. Jefferson County had been created less than a year before from Leon County. Early records of Hamilton County indicated that the following people have held the Office of Sheriff. (These records are incomplete because Book A of the County Commissioners Records cannot be found at the Courthouse at this time.) Shadrick Sutton 1828 and 1831 John G. Smith 1842-1845 Milton J. Bryan 1845-1846 Josiah Baisden 1846-1847 P. F. Lamar 1847-1848 John G. Smith 1848-1849 Wm. J. J. Duncan 1849-1854 (Deputies Charnick Selph and Robert Ivey) James N. Hendry 1854-1858 (Deputy Levi Starling) Larkin B. McTyier 1858-1859 (Deputy George Cooper) Alexander Bell 1864-1869 Duval Selph 1864-1869 Thos N. Bell 1871 M. L. Duncan 1871 B. F. Collier1873 (Deputy S. L. Taulor) J. H. Lee 1874-1878 Sam Altman 1878 C. C. Parker 1879-1880 James M. Duncan 1881 Sam Altman, Jr. J. R. Session S. M. Hankins 1882 Sampson Tavell 1882-1889 Stephen S. Sharpe 1890 A. M. Knowles 1892 Thomas Polhill 1892 Thomas Johns 1889-1912 Frank Hancock 1913-1929 W. Rufe Hunter J. H. "Doc" Hunter 1929-1937 Frank Hancock 1937-1941 Eddie McGhin 1941-1949 Brock Allen 1949-1953 George Royals 1953-1957 Charlie Rhoden 1957-1989 J. Harrell Reid 1989-Present
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center serves as the communications hub for all emergency services in Hamilton County. Communication Officers are responsible for answering all 911 calls in the county as well as several Sheriff’s Office administrative lines 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They serve as the dispatch center for Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services, Six County Volunteer Fire Departments and all city municipality Police Departments. Our communications center, while small, has been updated with the latest technology available through the use of various grant funded programs. Hamilton County has an Enhanced 911 system with digital addressing.
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What is Crime Stoppers? Crime Stoppers is a county-wide program designed to help law enforcement solve crimes. This is done by providing the public with a means to phone in tips anonymously and receive rewards for information that leads to an arrest. How Does Crime Stoppers Work? A caller dials 792-TIPS (8477) and without giving his or her name or any personal information, relays information regarding a crime; the location of a wanted person; information concerning stolen property; or the facts of a crime that has not yet been committed. The caller is given a code number and remains anonymous. Who is Eligible for a Reward? Any person who directly contacts Crime Stoppers and gives information that leads to the arrest of an adult or juvenile, or information resulting in the recovery of stolen property, or the arrest of a fugitive, is eligible for a reward.Law enforcement officers, their immediate families, the perpetrator or co-conspirator of a crime, a fugitive from justice, or the immediate family of a Crime Stoppers Board Member are not eligible for rewards.For more information regarding the Hamilton County Crime Stoppers, please contact (386) 792-8477 or (386)792-1001.