Sheriff Operations

Field Operations Division

Major Pamela Johnson

The Field Operations Division consists of two major divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. These divisions are: Uniform Division (civil, warrants, patrol) and Criminal Investigations Division. The Field Operations Division is managed by Major Pamela Johnson.

Support Services Division

Major Lee Cates

The Support Services Division consists of three major divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. These divisions are: Finance and Personnel, Judicial Support, Professional Standards and Training. The Support Services Division is managed by Major Lee Cates.

Field Operations Division

Uniform Division

The Uniform Division consists of three major components and is managed by Captain Ken Faust.

Civil Division

The responsibility of this division is to serve papers from the Dougherty County Clerk of Court, the Dougherty County Magistrate Court, Dougherty County Probate Court and occasionally from civil courts of other jurisdictions.  The documents served include subpoenas, divorce papers, complaints, petitions, protective orders, statement of claims, writs/levies, garnishments, and dispossessory warrants.  The deputies in this division are also responsible for security at evictions, conducting the Sheriff's sale of levied property each month, enforcing court orders and issuing citations.

Patrol Division

The responsibility of this division is to patrol Dougherty County enforcing all local, state and federal laws. Additionally, the Patrol Division conducts security patrol of residential and business properties in Dougherty County, conducts traffic stops and writes citations for traffic violations, responds to and assists with all emergency calls for assistance including escorting emergency vehicles from the county line to the hospitals. The Patrol Division also assists the other divisions with the execution of civil documents and court orders to apprehend and detain subjects, serves criminal arrest warrants, transports persons under arrest to the jail, serves court orders issued by the probate court or attending physicians to locate and transport patients for treatment, assists the public in civil and criminal matters and assists other law enforcement agencies upon request.

Warrant Division

Captain Craig Dodd The Criminal Warrants section is responsible for serving arrest warrants and court orders on persons wanted throughout Dougherty County and other jurisdictions. The Criminal Warrants section also has the task of assisting with transportation and extradition of wanted persons (both locally and nationwide), and assisting other agencies during emergencies as the need arises. This section augments the patrol section and assists the Court Security and Civil Division as needed.

Fee Schedule for Civil Process Service

Civil Process - 
from within State of Georgia $50.00 per service**
Witness Subpoenas - 
from within State of Georgia  $10.00 per service**
from outside State of Georgia $50.00 per service** from outside State of Georgia  $10.00 per service**
FiFa $50.00 per service** Nula Bona $20.00 per service**
**person, entity  and/or location

Criminal Investigations

The Criminal Investigations Division consists of three major components and is managed by Captain Craig Dodd:

AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System)
The AFIS Section collects, preserves, identifies and compares latent fingerprints from crime scenes and from physical evidence submitted for examination by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Latent prints are among the most valuable and common types of physical evidence. All objects at the scene of a crime are considered possible sources of fingerprint evidence, which may lead to the identification of the offender. The AFIS Section provides six types of primary services:

  • Comparison of latent prints to known inked suspect prints.
  • Identification of unknown deceased persons.
  • Recording of inked and digital fingerprint images of persons for forensic comparison purposes. 
  • Usage of the State of Georgia AFIS system and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) for forensic investigation purposes. 
  • Preservation and examination of physical evidence for the presence of forensic latent evidence. 
  • Capture and enhancement of specific digital images relating to physical evidence.


Fingerprinting Firearm at DOCO Criminal Investigations

Criminal Investigations Division

The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for conducting investigations and crime scene processing within Dougherty County, Georgia. Investigators conduct interviews with witnesses and suspects, gather evidence, prepare investigative reports and case jackets, and maintain chain of custody of property and evidence confiscated.  They work closely with the District Attorney's Office to present cases through the different stages of the prosecution process. Investigations are often conducted in a coordinated effort with other law enforcement and state agencies on various special investigative teams or task forces.

Sex Offender RegistryDougherty County Sheriff's Office

The Dougherty County Sex Offender Registry is a unit of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office. The Sex Offender Registry was established in accordance with the Georgia Sex Offender Registry Act. Georgia law mandates that the Sheriff in each county enforce the sex offender laws as described in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated 42-1-12.

The public is urged to contact the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Registry at (229) 431-3228 to report any information relevant to a registered sex offender in Dougherty County, Georgia.

Sex Offender Registration will be conducted Tuesday-Thursday 
between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m

To search for sex offender registered in Dougherty County or for additional information, click on the following link:

Support Services Division

Judicial Support
The Judicial Support Division consists of two major components and is managed by Captain Keith Kiger:

The Booking, Bonds and Fines Section processes all bonds, fingerprinting of walk-in subjects for criminal cases, pre-employment, and various permits, etc.  This division also collects monies for citations from various agencies within Dougherty County, collects monies for deposit account fraud/bad check payoffs, and handles warrant dismissals, withdrawals and cash bonds as needed.  Booking Deputies assist with Court Security as needed.
The Bond Administrator is responsible for monitoring bonding activity by private individuals, and professional bonding companies.  Liens placed on properties through execution of a "Deed to Secure Debt" with "Power of Sale" and "Writ of Fieri Facias" (FiFa) against bonding companies or persons arising from bond forfeitures are handled in the Bond Administrator's Office.

The Court Services Section is a part of the Sheriff's Bonding Division.  It is comprised of Deputies, and Civilian Bailiffs to staff courtrooms including Superior Courts, State Courts, Magistrate Courts and Juvenile Courts in both the Courthouse and Jail Annex.  Court Services also staffs a security post at the front lobby of the Courthouse utilizing a metal detector and x-ray machine to enhance security by detecting unauthorized items. In addition, Court Services provides Deputies for Probate Court, Municipal Courts and several additional courtrooms during special sessions.  Court Services also moves in-custody inmates to and from the various courts as needed and assists with juvenile offenders from the Regional Youth Detention Center who are appearing for Juvenile Court and/or Superior Court. Security Officers operate the court holding cells where inmates are held prior to entering the appropriate courts for trial.  Court Security Officers also monitor alarms throughout the Courthouse. Court Deputies may assist the Warrant and Civil Divisions and other agencies as needed.

Sheriff Firearms Training

Finance & Personnel

This division is responsible for a variety of functions pertaining to agency financial and personnel issues such as: execution of the budgets, creating and maintaining inmate funds accounts and personnel records.


Applications are accepted at the Dougherty County Human Resources Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Finance/Personnel Office is open Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Checks for inmates are written during these hours only. 


Sheriff Professional Standards

Professional Standards & Training

The mission of the DCSO Professional Standards and Training Division is to promote, to the greatest extent possible, opportunities for the members of the Sheriff’s Office to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to the fullest by providing the highest quality training in an environment that promotes professionalism, respect, integrity, dignity and excellence. Additionally, the Training Division will strive to allow other law enforcement agencies the opportunity to share our training resources. 
Finally, the Training Division will continue to seek opportunities to provide civilian training in areas of interest and concern.

Information Technology

Information Technology

The information Technology department is responsible for installing, testing, and maintaining software and equipment, setting and maintaining security levels of operations, training and supporting staff users, and providing analytical data used to implement and report on operations and activities.

Secondary Metals Recyclers Registration

Georgia Law requires any secondary metals recycler to purchase regulated metal property in any amount without being registered pursuant to O.C.G.A. 10-1-359.1 All secondary metals recyclers in Dougherty County must register with the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office. Registration includes a completed application, copy of current business license, copy of a valid driver’s license or I.D. card and registration fee of $200 made payable in a cashier’s check or money order to the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office. Annual registration is required by law.

Metal Recyclers Registration Form 

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office | Judicial Building | 225 Pine Avenue | Albany, Georgia 31701 | 229.431.3259