The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has appointed John Upton as the agency’s Scam and Fraud Prevention Officer. Among other duties, Upton will maintain online resources to inform the public regarding current scam schemes in the Rome and Floyd County area. The Sheriff’s Office will also provide for training of community groups and local businesses in fraud prevention and identification.

“Over the past several years we have worked to educate the public about this ever-evolving criminal activity,” commented Sheriff Tim Burkhalter. “With the appointment of Mr. Upton, we will be able to utilize preventative programs to attack those who intend on preying on our citizens through scams.”

Upton recently retired from Georgia Highlands College where he served as the Director of Campus Safety. He is also retired from law enforcement in Texas and New Jersey where he served as the chief administrator of several police and security agencies. He was formally licensed and certified as a Texas Master Peace Officer and he is a graduate of Rutgers University.

For more information on how to schedule a fraud prevention and identification program, please contact Upton at uptonj@floydcountyga.org. Visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.floydsheriff.com or the office’s Facebook page for additional information about scams.