About Sheriff Kevin Sproul

Authored 54 articles.

Sheriff Kevin Sproul is a longtime resident of Dougherty County. He is a graduate of Albany High School, Darton College and LaGrange College of Albany. Sproul has been employed with the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office since 1982 and can be reached at (229) 430-6508.

    Articles

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: 2017 in Review

    News, January 10, 2018

  • Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Christmas Thoughts

    News, December 20, 2017

    2017 has been a stormy year. The year literally blew in with a major windstorm that caused significant damage and hardship for many in our community. Yet, the community responded with an outpouring of support. Then, a few weeks later, we were hit again. More damage, more hardship. And again, the community responded. A few months later, another storm. A few months after that, a hurricane. Yet each time, the community found a way to pull together, help each other, and begin to heal.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Thanksgiving Thoughts

    News, November 17, 2017

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Halloween Safety

    Features, October 30, 2017

    Halloween can be a dangerous time, not from witches, ghosts and goblins, but from falls, choking, and vehicle accidents. There is no real “trick” to staying safe this Halloween. Just remember some basic safety tips and your holiday can be a real “treat.”

  • Sheriff Sproul: “Building Unity in the Community” BBQ September 23rd

    Features, September 22, 2017

    Each year, I look forward to autumn and the opportunity for the Sheriff’s Office to thank the community for the overwhelming support given to law enforcement by hosting our annual “Building Unity in the Community” cookout. Our 8th annual event will be held Saturday, September 23rd, at Sherwood Acres Elementary School from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Building Up the Next Generation

    News, August 01, 2017

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on New Laws in Georgia

    News, July 06, 2017

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Securing Your Home for Summer

    Features, June 05, 2017

    Summer is upon us! Schools have conducted their graduations and students are breathing sighs of relief as they look forward to a much-needed summer break. Along with all of the pleasant attributes of summer, there are certain concerns.

  • Sheriff Sproul: Shining Star – Volunteer Chaplain Vinson Hill

    News, May 02, 2017

  • Sheriff Sproul: Building Unity in the Community Golf Tournament

    Features, March 31, 2017

    Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. The weather usually cooperates with cool to mild nights and mostly sunny and warm days. Boys and girls have already started their baseball, soccer, and track-and-field seasons. More boats are on our lakes and rivers, taking advantage of the extra hour of sunlight. Springtime is also the season for renewal, rejuvenation, and resurrection for many of us who golf, as Daylight Saving Time enables us to practice or play a few extra holes before darkness sets in.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Local Law Enforcement Salaries

    News, February 28, 2017

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on the Recent Storm Response

    Features, January 30, 2017

    Rarely has a community been tested as we have been. We could have made that statement after Storm One. Now, after Storm Two, it is especially true. We have been hit so hard that it has shocked the conscience of a nation. Our plight has inspired the outpouring of compassion from around the state and beyond. It has also brought to light a simple fact; that we are selfless and strong in the face of adversity.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: 2016 in Review

    News, January 05, 2017

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Offers Holiday Safety Tips

    News, December 07, 2016

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Announces “Building Unity in the Community” BBQ

    News, October 07, 2016

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: A Prime Opportunity to Join in the Fight Against Crime

    News, August 26, 2016

  • Sheriff Sproul: What To Do If You Get Pulled Over

    News, August 03, 2016

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Educate Rather Than Incarcerate

    Features, July 06, 2016

    My law enforcement career spans over more than three decades. During that time, I have witnessed many people turn their lives around. Unfortunately, I have also witnessed many people who seem to be stuck in a dreadful cycle of bad choices, followed by jail and prison. In fact, the last recidivism study conducted at the jail showed that over 76% of the inmates had been in jail at least three times. We needed to find out why.

  • Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul Talks New Laws in Effect

    News, June 01, 2016

  • Sheriff Sproul: Springtime is in the Air!

    Features, March 09, 2016

    Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year and it is right around the corner. It is also the time of year for many people to get out and begin enjoying several months of outdoor recreation. Because of the time change, we get to stay out at the lake a little longer or play a few extra holes of golf before darkness sets in.

  • The Sheriff Speaks: A Shining Star in the Department - Sgt. Rick Windham

    Features, February 04, 2016

  • Sheriff Sproul Looks Back at 2015 for the Sheriff's Office

    Features, January 07, 2016

    As 2015 has come and gone and as we forge ahead into 2016, Sheriff Kevin Sproul shares some of the accomplishments of the Sheriff’s Office. The resilient and hard-working employees of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office endured another tough year, but as in the previous year, they stepped-up and performed at a high level of efficiency.

  • Sherriff Kevin Sproul: Christmas Wishes

    News, December 02, 2015

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Thanksgiving Thoughts

    Features, November 04, 2015

    Last month, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office held our annual Unity in the Community Barbeque. This was our sixth annual event which is designed to strengthen community bonds and allow the citizens of Dougherty County to socialize with and get to know the members of the Sheriff’s Office. The turnout was excellent and I want to personally thank everyone who came out to support the event.

  • Sheriff Sproul: “Building Unity in the Community” BBQ

    Features, October 19, 2015

    The old adage that “time flies the older you get” seems to be true more and more. Autumn is already upon us and 2015 is quickly coming to a close. But before this year is completely over, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank you for your support by hosting our 6th annual “Building Unity in the Community” cookout.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Sex Offender Registry in Albany-Dougherty County

    Features, September 01, 2015

    As Sheriff, I am often asked questions about the sex offender registry process. I know that this is of great concern to many of you and I hope this article will both enlighten you and increase your confidence that we are doing what needs to be done to make this community safe.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Discusses New Laws in Effect July 1st

    Features, July 08, 2015

    Each year on the first of July, new laws come into effect. Some of the new laws, or changes to old laws, have already become effective but the majority take effect on July 1st. Part of the routine at the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office each June is making sure we are familiar with any changes that affect us and our operation.

  • Sheriff Sproul on The Challenge of Mental Illness

    Features, June 01, 2015

    Illness is a fact of life. Every organ in the body is vulnerable, even the brain. Although we have made incredible advancements in medicine with regards to dealing with physical illness, the progress towards effective treatment of mental illness has been slower. This issue is especially poignant for law enforcement. The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office deals on a daily basis with subjects who are victims of mental illness.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: May is a Community Month

    Features, May 06, 2015

    May is certainly a busy month for community activities. Of course, May is a month for graduations and all of the celebrations that go with them. As a community, this is a time to rejoice and celebrate with those students who are having their achievements recognized and beginning the next chapter of their lives. Their educational accomplishments not only improve their lives but strengthen the entire community. It is important that we show those who are graduating how much we appreciate them.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Administrative Professionals’ Day

    Features, March 30, 2015

    I have stated countless times that I am very blessed to work with so many faithful and dedicated men and women who serve our community as employees of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office. Administrative Professionals’ Day is soon approaching. April 22nd is the official day set aside to recognize and honor Administrative Professionals.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Making A Difference

    Features, March 02, 2015

    Every individual in our community makes a difference. We all have opportunities to act in a way that promotes the common good, or causes friction. I made this statement in last month’s article while acknowledging and thanking those who do make a difference in our community. I mention this because I am very fortunate to have many individuals at the Sheriff’s Office who work beyond their normal duties to make a difference in our community.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Thank You for Your Support

    Features, February 02, 2015

    Being a law enforcement officer used to be considered a “glamorous” career. Television programs like “COPS” and others portray the officer’s time as full of intrigue and excitement. A law enforcement officer’s job is often thankless, with long hours and low pay. One of the most important things to any law enforcement officer is to have the support of the community he/she serves. Our community, on the other hand, has shown great support for local law enforcement all along.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Looks Back at 2014

    Features, January 05, 2015

    2014 was a busy year for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul highlights some of the other initiatives that the Sheriff’s Office undertook during 2014 to serve you and keep you safe.

  • The Sheriff Speaks: Firearms in the Home

    Features, November 04, 2014

    With all of the new gun laws, more people are purchasing firearms. Keeping a firearm in the house is an issue with many safety concerns. Many people choose not to keep a firearm because they do not know how to keep one safely. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul gives some good tips and things to think about on the subject.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on “Building Unity in the Community” BBQ

    News, October 03, 2014

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Controlling Your Digital Footprint

    Features, August 04, 2014

    I read an interesting fact the other day; 87% of Americans are active online. I’m not surprised, considering all the people I know who spend time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Amazon. On-line hacking is big business. There are many nefarious characters out there that spend their time trying to hack on-line accounts to obtain personal information that they can then misuse or sell.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul: Thoughts for the Fourth of July

    Features, July 01, 2014

    As the July 4th Holidays approach, Dougherty County Sheriff Sproul offers a few thoughts in this months "Sheriff Speaks."

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Securing Your Home for Summer

    Features, May 30, 2014

    Summer is upon us! Summer is a season that can bring increased burglaries and other property crimes. Because of this, I would like to share some advice that may help you keep your home safe so that you can enjoy your family time without worry.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on Important Facets of the New Georgia Gun Law

    Features, May 02, 2014

    Each year, the Georgia Legislature passes new laws and amends old ones. Most of the changes go relatively unnoticed, but it seems that any time there are changes to the gun laws everybody notices. The new changes to the gun laws have been widely publicized and hotly debated. Sheriff Kevin Sproul updates us on the law and what it means for citizens of Albany.

  • Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul Talks About New Legislation

    Features, March 31, 2014

    Every year, Georgia law changes. Through the enactment of new legislation, new laws are put on the books, existing laws are updated, and sometimes old laws are abolished. It is difficult for the average citizen to keep up with all of it. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul looks gives us an update on legislation in Georgia.

  • Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul on “Building Unity in the Community”

    Features, March 04, 2014

    Spring or springtime is the season for renewal, rejuvenation, and resurrection. It is also the time of year for many people to get out and begin enjoying several months of outdoor recreation.

  • Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul Looks Back on 2013

    Features, February 05, 2014

    2013 was a great year for the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Kevin Sproul highlights some of the initiatives that the Sheriff’s Office undertook during 2013 to serve you and keep you safe.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Offers Up Some Thanksgiving Thoughts

    Features, November 08, 2013

    Last month, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office held our annual Unity in the Community Barbeque. Speaking of thanks and food, this month brings one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul on “Building Unity In The Community” BBQ

    Features, September 27, 2013

    As Autumn sets in, the weather cools, and we begin looking forward to the holiday season, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank you for your support by hosting our 4th annual “Building Unity in the Community” cookout. The cookout will be held on Saturday, October 26th, at C.W. Heath Park from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Talks About The Castle Doctrine

    Features, September 05, 2013

    In my last article, I spoke about Georgia’s “Stand Your Ground” law which allows the victim of an unlawful use of force to fight back rather than retreat. In that article, I stated that deadly force may not be used to protect property. The Castle Doctrine is an exception to that.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Talks About "Stand Your Ground"

    Features, August 05, 2013

    It seems as though everyone has been following the case against George Zimmerman and the shooting death of young Travon Martin. Since that case hit the national airwaves last year, many people have voiced their personal opinions or interpretations of the ”stand your ground” law, I have also crossed paths with several individuals who wanted to know the similarities or differences with Georgia’s “stand your ground” law in comparison to Florida’s law. Georgia is a “stand your ground” state also; and I feel that it is important that everyone has a clear understanding of exactly what rights that allows (and what it does not allow).

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Gives Clarification of Golf Cart Laws

    News, July 02, 2013

  • Sheriff Speaks: If You See Something, Say Something

    Features, May 07, 2013

    May is probably one of the most “feel good” months of the year. Unfortunately, recent events in Boston have reminded us that we cannot completely relax and just “throw caution to the wind” while we are out having a good time. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul reminds us that no matter where we are or what we are doing, we must maintain some level of awareness of our surroundings.

  • Sherriff Kevin Sproul on Proposed Legislation Cuts for Law Enforcement

    Features, March 11, 2013

    Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul shares his thoughts on House Bill 1, also called the Georgia Uniform Civil Forfeiture Procedure Act, and why he opposes the legislation.

  • Dougherty Sheriff Kevin Sproul Looks Back on 2012

    Features, January 11, 2013

    With 2012 come and gone and as we forge ahead into 2013, Sheriff Kevin Sproul sharse some of the accomplishments of the Sheriff’s Office from 2012.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Offers Holiday Safety Tips Businesses & Shoppers Alike

    Features, October 26, 2012

    The holiday season is upon us. Unfortunately, many holiday shoppers may fall prey to unscrupulous criminals who hang out in mall and shopping center parking lots, doing their “shopping” from the packages placed in parked vehicles. Some foresight and planning can reduce the chances of becoming a victim during a season that should be a joyous and loving celebration.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Talks About The Upcoming “Building Unity In The Community” BBQ

    Features, October 01, 2012

    The old adage that “time flies the older you get” seems to be true more and more. Autumn is already upon us and 2012 is quickly coming to a close. But before this year is completely over, the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank you for your support by hosting our 3rd annual “Building Unity in the Community” cookout. The cookout will be held on Saturday, October 27th.

  • Sheriff Kevin Sproul Shares Tips to Guard Against Financial Deception Against Seniors

    Features, August 31, 2012

    Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul talks about how in the last year year, the Investigation Division has seen a rise in the number cases involving fraud or financial deception against senior adults, along with a nationwide increase. He shares some tips to protect yourself and your senior love ones against financial theft.

  • The Importance of Education

    Features, July 27, 2012

    With another school year right around the corner, Sheriff Kevin Sproul talks about the importance of education, and challenges parents, students, and educators alike can better themselves this school year.