TO SERVE & PROTECT

Our fundamental duty is to serve and protect the residents of our county and our visitors
and guests with fairness, compassion and respect. We recognize the need for
professionalism, integrity and timeliness so those we serve may feel secure. We provide
equal enforcement and protection of the law without prejudice or favor.

SHERIFF MARC RICHARDS

KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE

The minute you become a parent, the world seems to become a much scarier place. It starts when they sleep alone in the crib for the first time and take that first tentative step and before you know it they're crossing streets, riding bikes and building forts in the woods. As they quickly grow older, it turns into staying home alone, surfing the internet and driving cars. You fear for their safety and well-being at every turn. Though you cannot watch over your children at all times, you can take simple precautions and teach them to protect themselves indoors or outside, online or over the phone, at school or with friends.

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HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families and friends gather for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. Valuable gifts are in cars and under trees, alcohol sometimes flows freely, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

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DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

Somebody dies in an accident every 50 minutes in the United States as the result of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. That's 29 people a day; an estimated 10,500 people in 2017 alone. They are not just numbers. They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, brothers and sisters, grandmothers and grandfathers. They are real. And one of them dies every 50 minutes in our country. For that reason our commitment to eliminate drunk driving is stronger than ever.

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WELCOME TO TALIAFERRO COUNTY

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF MARC RICHARDS

It is my honor and privilege to serve the residents of Taliaferro County. Since I took office in 2001, we have seen many changes and continued growth, including a new law enforcement center, the implementation of Enhanced 911 services, the establishment of a K9 unit and the addition of up-to-date patrol units.

Truly the county you and I love so dearly is one of the best in the state, the perfect place to live, work and raise a family. That is why I will continue to have highly-trained employees to provide our residents with the best possible service, using all the resources we have in a courteous and professional manner.

As Sheriff of Taliaferro County, it is my goal to protect life and property, enforce the laws of the State of Georgia, apprehend violators of the law, repress crime, preserve social tranquility and safety, prevent civil disorder, provide service to the courts and provide humane safekeeping to all persons confined to the detention facility.

We will engage our community through courteous and proactive outreach and communication, and work diligently to constantly improve our professionalism. I trust you will find the information in our web site useful and valuable. If the Sheriff’s Office can ever be of help, please do not hesitate to call at us at 706-456-2345.


DRIVE SAFELY

AS YOUR PASS THROUGH OUR COUNTY

Along with the Georgia State Patrol, we are responsible for patrolling xx miles of Interstate Hwy. 20 in our county 24 hours a day. We are committed to keeping our highways safe and protecting the lives of those who use them. We aggressively enforce laws passed by the state legislature to save lives, particularly the Georgia Super Speeder Law and the Hands Free Law.

The segment of Interstate Hwy. 20 in Taliaferro County opened in 1972, the last link in the new four lane thoroughfare which would eventually cover 1,535 miles from Kent, TX, to Florence, SC. The first segment of the new road opened in 1960 and reached Greensboro in 1968 before the finally being completed through our quiet country county and on to Augusta and beyond.

Now, nearly 50 years later, an estimated 60,000 cars travel the route through Taliaferro County every day and our dedicated deputies patrol the high speed highway night and day to keep our residents and our visitors safe.

SUPER SPEEDER LAW

It's tempting to speed on I-20, especially in a rural county, but there can be serious consequences. Georgia HB160, the Super Speeder Law, adds a $200 state-fee for any driver convicted of speeding at 85 or faster on an Intersate Highway or 75 or faser on a two lane road.  This state fee is added to any local fines already in effect in the jurisdiction where the speeding offense occurs.

HANDS FREE LAW

All drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway in Georgia are prohibited from holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device, writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data; watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie. The minimum fine is $50 and one point. Don't text and drive!