Crime Prevention and Schools
The Sheriff’s Office Crime
Prevention Unit is responsible for community
programs, “Neighborhood Watch,” and all school
programs. The Crime Prevention Unit consists
of two sworn deputies whose primary duties are to
administer the Drug Abuse Resistance Education
program. D.A.R.E. is taught to all fifth grade
students in the Thomas County School system and at
Brookwood School. Each year the County D.A.R.E.
Officers teach the program to approximately 450
The D.A.R.E. Officers for Thomas County are
also responsible for supervising the School Resource
Officer program. Thomas County employs two
School Resource Officers that are assigned to Thomas
County Central High School and Thomas County Middle
School. These deputies are responsible for
safety and security in and around the Thomas County
School System. The SRO at Thomas County Middle
School teaches the
Gang Resistance Education And
Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program to sixth grade students in Thomas County.
Our two D.A.R.E. Officers are Steven Jones and Lelia Spires. In 2005, Thomas County’s D.A.R.E. Officer Steven Jones was named the Georgia State D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year by the Georgia D.A.R.E. Officer Association.
2005 Georgia D.A.R. E. Officer of the Year