The Uniform Patrol Division of the Pickens Sheriff’s Office is otherwise known as the face of the Sheriff’s Office. These are the men and women that respond to all 911 calls for service and patrol the roadways throughout the community. The Uniform Patrol Division is made up of 26 Deputies that cover:
- Uniform Patrol
- K-9 Handling
- School Resource Officers
The Uniform Patrol Division is commanded by Lt. Ray Grace.
Ray served in the United States Navy in the Submarine fleet SSBN734 blue for four years.
After serving in the armed services, Ray began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. He was then given an opportunity to work for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office where he worked in the Adult Detention Center.
Given an opportunity to return to Cherokee County, Ray worked for the Canton Police Department for 10 years. While there, Ray served in the Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division and the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad. His final task with Canton was as a Shift Supervisor in the Uniform Patrol Division.
Ray joined the Pickens Sheriff’s Office in 2006. Ray quickly worked his way through the ranks as a Deputy, a Shift Supervisor, the Division Commander for the Criminal Investigations Division and the Division Commander for the Uniform Patrol Division.
Ray is both a General and a Firearms Instructor and enjoys training other deputies in both the classroom and on the range. Ray has also trained in advanced firearms, SWAT, and leadership training through Columbus State University.