Secure Communities

Canton, Cherokee County GA. September 10, 2010 - In an ongoing effort to aggressively address problems associated with criminal aliens, the Cherokee Sheriff's Office announces that the agency has been approved to become a participant in the Secure Communities program. Secure Communities is a comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of criminal aliens from the United States. When the Secure Communities program comes online in mid-November, the fingerprints of every person booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center will automatically be compared against the databases of The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI. If an individual enters the Cherokee County Jail that is wanted by ICE, an agent will contact a deputy in the jail to place a “hold” on the individual.

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) provides the agency with the ability to participate in Secure Communities. As the state of Georgia expands its fingerprint capabilities, the sheriff’s office will also be able to enhance its Secure Communities capabilities.

"We are pleased to be participating in this program and will aggressively pursue all efforts to identify and remove persons who are in this country illegally and have them removed in accordance with all state and federal laws"


Sheriff Roger Garrison




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