The S.T.E.P. Unit consists of deputies who are specially trained to enforce highway-safety related laws and to investigate motor vehicle collisions. The S.T.E.P. Unit is a high-visibility unit whose overall goal is to reduce the number of motor vehicle collisions within Banks County. This is accomplished by educating the motoring public, community outreach, and extensive enforcement of specific highway-safety related laws.
When a call for service is received by the Banks County Sheriff's Office, the initial responding deputy is generally one assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. Uniform Patrol deputies meet with complainants, interview suspects and victims, collect evidence, render first-aid, enforce traffic laws, and conduct motor vehicle collision investigations.
The Uniform Patrol Division consists of patrol deputies, who respond to calls for service; School Resource Officers, deputies assigned to the schools within Banks County; and the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P. Unit), deputies who specialize in the enforcement of traffic laws and motor vehicle collision investigations. The Uniform Patrol Division operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
To ensure that all calls for service are handled in the most timely and efficient manner possible, the county is divided into three patrol zones. These zones are the North Zone, the South Zone, and the Banks Crossing zone. A deputy is
assigned to each of these zones, and those deputies are supervised by a shift Sergeant.
The School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) program places a specially-trained Banks County Deputy in each of Banks County's schools. These deputies work closely with school administrators to ensure the safety of the children in their schools, make necessary documentation of incidents, and oversee specialized programs within the schools (such as C.H.A.M.P.S.).
160 Windmill Farm Road, Homer, GA 30547
Banks County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (706) 677-2248