Joint Special Operations Group
The Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) was formed in 2008 by combining the Etowah County Sheriff's Office and Gadsden Police Department SWAT Teams. The Unit is under the command of Randal Johnson.
The Marine Unit was created by Sheriff Entrekin in 2008 to provide law enforcement services to the waterways of Etowah County. The unit patrols more than 50 miles of navigable waterways, including the Coosa River, as well as enforcing the Alabama Water Safety Act.
The Etowah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responds to water related emergencies and evidence recovery on the Coosa River. ECSO divers also respond throughout the State to assist and facilitate the recovery of various objects/items/persons in a law enforcement capacity.
The Etowah County Sheriff's Office aviation unit consists of a Cessna C-172 fixed wing plane and a Bell OH-58C helicopter. Certified deputies and reserve officers are employed to fly both aircraft. The unit utilizes tactical flight officers (TFO's) to assist pilots on certain missions.
What is Project Lifesaver
Etowah County Sheriff's Office partners with the Pilot Club of Gadsden to provide a system for tracking clients with Alzheimer's, dementia or persons with autism in the event they wander away from their caregiver. Project Lifesaver provides special armbands to assist in locating them if they become lost. The armbands emit radio signals that can be tracked using special equipment. When sheriff's deputies are alerted that a client is missing, the devices are tuned into that person's assigned signal. Most clients are found within a few minutes.
Community Crisis Chaplain Team
The purpose of the Community Crisis Chaplaincy Team (CCCT) is to assist the Etowah County Sheriff's Office by offering physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual stability to people in crisis.
A Message From The Sheriff
This site is maintained as a public service for the citizens of Etowah County. As Sheriff, it is my pleasure to serve you in this manner. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.