It’s a critical part of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office mission to effectively communicate with Forsyth County residents and businesses, journalists, and other stakeholders. Primary responsibility for this fall to the Communications Division. The Communications Division is led by Director Amy Thompson and includes the Public Information Officer (PIO) Unit and Community Relations Unit.
Responsibilities of the Communications Division include maintaining the brand of the agency, media releases, social media pages, website, as well as all community-related events, programs, and classes.
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The Public Information Officer for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is Communications Specialist Stacie Miller, who serves as the spokesperson for the agency.
As the PIO, Stacie is responsible for providing information to the public on all Sheriff’s Office related incidents. She works closely with the media, building positive relationships, to ensure that inquiries are answered timely and accurately, providing interviews and information when necessary.
In addition, the PIO contributes to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office social media pages and also assists the Community Relations team with community outreach.
You can contact our Public Information Officer at Communications Specialist Stacie Miller
770.205.4242 | SheriffPIO@forsythco.com
COMMUNITY RELATIONS UNIT
The Community Relations Unit serves to promote safety and education to the citizens and businesses of Forsyth County and is a vital component of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. The FCSO Community Relations Unit is responsible for coordinating and delivering special classes and programs that work to educate the community and to better build the relationship between the community and the Sheriff’s Office. Along with the many courses and programs offered by FCSO Community Relations, they also partner with other organizations throughout the year and attend many other community events.
Women’s Self Defense
Designed to teach women situational awareness.
CRASE (Citizens Response to Active Shooter Event)
Intended to teach what to do/not do in the case of an active shooter. The skills taught are to Avoid, Deny and Defend-STAY ALIVE and Survive!
Educates and empowers children ages 4-11 with knowledge and skills that will help them be safer from various crimes against children.
SALT (Seniors and Lawmen Together)
Open to all Forsyth County Senior Citizens and held monthly. Each month features different speakers and different topics pertaining to senior safety.
CLEA (Citizens Law Enforcement Academy)
The program closely follows the actual hands-on training that deputies undergo. Topics include constitutional law, conducting traffic stops, judgmental use of force, K9 and S.W.A.T. demonstrations, ride alongs with deputies, and much more. Applications are accepted twice a year, watch our Facebook page for those dates.
TIP (Teen Interception program)
With the sole purpose of saving teen lives by redirecting them to make better choices and to live successful lives. This seven-week program includes several key speakers and trips to a funeral home, the Forsyth County Jail, and a homeless compound in Atlanta. For more information visit the T.I.P. page.
Neighborhood Watch & Business Watch
This program provides information and specific actions to homeowners that can help protect themselves and their homes. Information covered also includes solutions to common neighborhood problems.
The Business watch program is an offshoot of the Neighborhood Watch concept. The purpose of establishing a Business Watch program is to help educate business proprietors about various precautions they can take in an effort to deter crime. For more information visit the POP page.
Parents voluntarily register any motor vehicles that will be operated by a driver under the age of 18 with the Forsyth County sheriffs office. Once registered, and a decal is issued and affixed to the inside of the rear windshield of each registered vehicle. Then, if for any reason, the register a vehicle is stopped by a sheriff's deputy while being operated by a driver under the age of 18, the deputy will complete a notification for the parent. For more information visit the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. page.
The explorer program is designed to attract young, well-qualified men and women to participate in an organized on the job training program that will prepare them for a career in law enforcement. To learn more, visit the Explorer Page.