In any Sheriff's Office across the nation, the Patrol Division functions as the backbone of the department. The Patrol Division is the most visible part of the Sheriff's Office, has the most sworn personnel out of all the divisions, and is generally the first contact citizens have with law enforcement in their community.
The Etowah County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division consists of approximately 30 sworn deputies. Patrol deputies operate on a 24-hour shift rotation with two, 12-hour shifts. The Patrol Division answers calls and patrols the 534 square miles that make up Etowah County. The Patrol Division is commanded by Captain Paul Williams Jr., and four Sergeants and 4 Field Training Officers (FTO) assigned to the division and are responsible for patrol operations.
Captain Paul Williams Jr.
Sergeant Dwight Fuller
Sergeant Andy Reed
Sergeant Anthony Davis
Sergeant Steve Griffin
Patrol Deputies are the first responder to crimes committed within Etowah County. Patrol also provides a proactive presence in an effort to prevent crime. Patrol deputies provide emergency response in life threatening situations and non-emergency assistance to a variety of criminal, traffic, medical and civilian matters as well as natural disasters that may impact the community.
Patrol deputies provide a full range of law enforcement services to the residents and visitors of Etowah County. Deputies practice community policing to develop partnerships with the public to promote crime prevention and solve problems.
Meet our 4-legged Deputy, K9 Tedi. Tedi was made possible not only by Sheriff Horton, but also by the Etowah County Community Development Committee.
K9 Tedi is a Belgian Shepherd. He was born January 11, 2021 in Croatia. In October of 2022, he arrived at Alabama K9 in Tuscaloosa for training. On November 28, 2022 his handler joined him at Alabama K9. They both trained for over 250 hours to become certified in narcotics detection along with tracking. Both K9 Tedi and his handler received their certification on January 13, 2023.
K9 Tedi will not only be used to assist our SROs in the schools, but will be available to assist our deputies and other officers within our county. It is Tedi's mission and goal to reduce the amount of illegal drug use within our county and among our youth by "sniffing" out the source.
K9 Tedi is a working dog, so if you see him out and about at events, be sure and ask his handler before walking up to pet him. Tedi loves attention, but when he is working we need him to be focused on his job.