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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Inside the Sheriff's Office during the COVID-19 pandemic

Property crime down, new hires coming soon


January 14, 2021

Michele Smith

Joe Helm has been the Columbia County Sheriff since Jan. 1, 2019.

DAYTON-Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm's overarching goal is to get back to the fundamental basics of law enforcement; through proper staffing, handling calls appropriately, providing deputies with the proper equipment, and establishing a good relationship between his office and members of the community.

When Helm took office on Jan. 1, 2019, he began to implement his goals and ideas and was well into it, early in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and social distancing guidelines began hampering his efforts.

"Zoom is great but doesn't compensate for face-to-face interactions in a go...

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