Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Agency being nominated

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

What organization / program will receive the award funds

Friends of Franklin County Sheriff's Office

Tell us about how this agency has made an impact in the community. Has this agency been working on a specific community project- or have goals to complete one? Please be detailed.

In late 2020 our office started a new program within our office, and called it our Engagement Committee. This committee is comprised of members across every division, and is primarily volunteer. It was started by Administration to create transparency and engage the public in ways we had never done in years past, engaging, involving, listening, and incorporating our community into our organizational values. Over the last 16 months, we have engaged local bible schools, nursing homes, colleges, school districts, community career days, health fairs, and local & national non-profit events (Lincoln Intermediate, Tunnel 2 Towers, Protection for Paws, to name a few). We have enhanced our outreach efforts using technology and physical handouts in areas to include drug prevention, gun safety, bullying, and cyber awareness. From playing football with foster children, to fishing with senior citizens and everything in between, we are blessed to have the opportunity to engage our community and meet our citizens under less serious circumstances. Lastly, an unintended but VERY important outcome from this engagement team is the increase in our organizational wellness, and staff wellness. Many agencies across the nation spend thousand on workers comp claims, wellness programs and other initiatives to promote wellness and increase morale. As an office we get almost no public funding to do these tasks; however, we do have a very supportive County Government. Staff who participate get as much benefit out of the initiatives and events we participate in as much as those we are engaging. Lastly, we are hoping to continue to grow this program and keep engaging youth and our community. Allowing our citizens to see our staff in contexts not usually related to our normal duties has been beneficial and healing for our community. Winning this award will also help start and stand up our K9 program, which will serve our entire County.