The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office takes great pride in participating in a variety of community events that benefit the citizens of Muscogee County, the Chattahoochee Valley, and the State of Georgia. The Sheriff's Office provides volunteers to contribute their time and skills to enhance the quality of life in our County. The Sheriff feels it is vital for the Sheriff's Office to forge a strong partnership of participation and involvement with the various organizations and associations that provide community service to our community.
- Autism Walk
- Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA)
- Children's Tree House
- Citizens Gun Class
- Drug Take Back Program
- Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes Annual Golf Tournament
- Georgia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch-Run
- Hispanic Outreach Program
- Mobile Command
- Project LifeSaver
- Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Board (SALT)
Autism Walk - Corp. Chris Langston
For more information, contact Corp. Chris Langston at the Muscogee County Sheriffs Office.
C.L.E.A - Citizens Law Enforcement Academy
The Citizens Law Enforcement Academy is jointly operated by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and the Columbus Police Department. This is a rare opportunity for private citizens to obtain first-hand knowledge about law enforcement and public safety operations. Instructors from all areas of both departments discuss the "hows" and "whys" of law enforcement. During the academy, students are exposed to a variety of topics in an assortment of settings. Emphasis is placed on "hands-on" subject matter to give everyone a more in-depth understanding of law enforcement. Subjects presented include the following:
- Patrol Operations
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Traffic Accident Investigation
- Juvenile Operations and Gang Task Force
- Sex Crimes
- Firearm Familiarization
- Criminal Investigations
- Radar Operation
- Child Abuse
- And Much More!
Students will also be offered the opportunity to ride along with on-duty Sheriff's Deputies or Police Officers during normal patrol operations.
The goal of the Academy is to enhance the relationship between private citizens and the law enforcement community. This will provide the citizens with a better understanding of law enforcement to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase police/community rapport. By the same token, law enforcement becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community. All this helps to establish open lines of communication and cooperation.
Classes are held twice a year, in January and July. The Academy is 14 weeks long, including 12 weeks of instruction plus orientation and graduation. Classes begin at 6:00 P.M each Thursday of the class term. Most classes are held in the training facilities of the Columbus Police Department, 510 10th St. In addition, some classes meet at other areas including the Muscogee County Jail and the SWAT training facility.
The Citizens Law Enforcement Academy is free to all participants. You must be 21 years old or older to apply. Preference is given to Muscogee County residents and those who work in Muscogee County; however, substantial numbers of others have been accepted. Participants will be screened for suitability. Persons with a known criminal history will not be considered. Also, persons with an extensive driving record will be examined to determine if their reasons for wanting to attend conform to the goals of the academy. A "printable" copy of the CLEA application is also available. A copy of some form of an official photo ID should be included to facilitate a background check. For more information about CLEA contact Lt. Shawn Riley at 706-225-3326
Citizens Gun Class - Lt. Shawn Riley 706-225-3326
For more information about Citizens Gun Class, contact Lt. Shawn Riley at 706-225-3326
Drug Take Back Initiative - Corp. Jeremy Hattaway 706-641-5390
The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in their National Drug Take Back Initiative. This joint operation, held 4 times per year, is designed to recover as much unused, unwanted and expired prescription or over the counter medication as possible with-in Muscogee County. For more information about the National Drug Take Back Initiative, contact Corp. Jeremy Hattaway at 706-641-5390 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find information on scheduled collection dates and locations as well as literature at https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
Sorry! No sharps (lancets, needles and syringes) will be collected during take back events. However, Columbus residents may contact the Waste Collection Division (Dial 311) to schedule a pick-up. See the waste collection brochure https://www.columbusga.gov/PublicWorks/pdfs/WastePhamplet.pdf.
Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes Annual Golf Tournament - Sgt. Lauren Stinson 706-225-3329
Each year, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office participates in the Annual CWA/Georgia Sheriff's Golf Tournament. All proceeds go to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, Inc.
The Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes is a childcare agency sponsored by the Georgia Sheriff's Association. The Youth Homes provide full-time residential care for up to 130 of Georgia's dependent, abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Founded in 1959, it now serves hundreds of children across six campuses, located in Columbus, Hahira, Dalton, LaGrange, Nunez, and Austell, Georgia.
The purpose of Youth Homes is to provide a secure future for Georgia's needy and worthy children, and give them love, guidance, discipline and all the advantages that are every American child's birthright. It is the mission of the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes to continue to provide the best possible care for the dependent, neglected, abandoned and abused children of Georgia. For more information about the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes Annual Golf Tournament, contact Sgt. Lauren Stinson at 706-225-3329.
Georgia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch-Run - Dep. Ray Thornton 706-536-7793
Sheriff Deputies also take part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest annual fund-raising event benefiting the Georgia Special Olympics. To learn more about the Georgia Special Olympics Torch Run click here. For more information about the Georgia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Tourch Run, contact Dep. Ray Thornton at 706-536-7793
Hispanic Outreach Program / Latinos en Columbus - Lt. Tammy Foster/Doss
As a response to the growing Hispanic population in Columbus, the MCSO takes part in the Columbus Consolidated Government Outreach Program. We have a number of Spanish speaking officers available to come speak to your group. We also have materials translated into Spanish to better describe the different courts in the Court System of Muscogee County. For more information about the Hispanic Outreach Program / Latinos en Columbus Contact Lt. Tammy Foster/Doss at 706-225-3309.
The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Operations Bureau, under the direction of the Sheriff and Chief Deputy, is resourced with a state of the art Mobile Command Unit and Mobile personnel Unit. The Mobile Command Unit is equipped with the latest satellite communications capability to include inter-operating most any type communication used by various public safety agencies nationally. The Mobile Command Unit is staffed by a highly trained strike team of ten personnel who are ready for deployment at a moments notice. The Mobile Command Unit's call sign is the “Guardian” and has been planned and designed to sustain business continuity in the event our infrastructure is ever compromised especially regarding the operations of the Muscogee County Jail that houses over an average of 1,000 inmates on a daily basis. For more information about Mobile Command, contact Lt. Jesse at ext. 3339 or Corp. Williams at ext. 3316.
Project LifeSaver - Lt. Kasey Trombley
For more information contact Lt. Kasey Trombley at 706-225-3297
S.A.L.T. - Seniors and Law Enforcement Together - Lt. Antoinette Braxton 706-563-4258
S.A.L.T. is a program offered by the Sheriff's Office designed specifically for senior citizens to address concerns, generate an awareness and to provide information about law enforcement trends, new/changes in laws, elder abuse, and scams/crimes that victimize seniors. This program meets once a month with guest speakers from the community presenting topics of particular interest that are chosen by both the seniors and Officers. Any citizen of Muscogee County, age 50 or older, can take part in the S.A.L.T. program free of charge. For more information about S.A.L.T., contact Lt. Antoinette Braxton at 706-653-4258.