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Gwinnett County Sheriff:
Gwinnett County Sheriff : Sheriff Keybo Taylor
On November 3, 2020, Sheriff Keybo Taylor was elected as the first African American Sheriff for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office.
A native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Sheriff Taylor joined the Gwinnett County Police Department in 1983. His 29 years of law enforcement experience included undercover investigations that encompassed the Criminal Investigations Division and the Special Investigations Section.
By 1994, Taylor was assigned to the FBI Drug Task Force. In 1995, he became the first African American to be promoted to Sergeant. He continued his career as a supervisor in the Uniform Division. Taylor also served as a first-line supervisor in Special Operations (COPS Program) and Criminal Investigations (Narcotics Squad).
In 2000, Taylor was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Unit Commander leading the Gwinnett County Drug Task Force. By 2007, Taylor received his appointment as Major; he was the first African American within the Gwinnett County Police Department to achieve the rank of Major. As a Major, he managed both the East and South precincts.
Sheriff Taylor credits a significant portion of his career advancement to his educational and professional development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Mercer University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.
Sheriff Taylor has received the Intermediate, Advanced, Supervision, and Management certifications through the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST). He is also a Certified General Post Instructor, a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Class X, a graduate of the DEA Drug Unit Command Academy, and a certified Crisis Intervention Trainer.
Sheriff Keybo Taylor took office on January 1, 2021. Sheriff Taylor's first days in office were marked by an end to the 287(g) Program, the dissolution of the litigious Rapid Response Team, the installation of an Anti-Gang Unit, and the implementation of the Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit.
As a former volunteer football coach, Sheriff Taylor still enjoys football games and mentoring youths about positive decision-making through sports. He also makes it a priority to spend family time with his three children and seven grandchildren.
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Goals of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
As members of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, we strive to set a standard that exudes the epitome of excellence for others to follow. To achieve this goal, we have created a mission statement that reflects the fundamental principles of the organization.
Our Mission Statement Reads:
Serve and protect through dedication, professionalism, active cooperation with the community, and respect for human dignity. The Gwinnett County Jail will support that mission by providing a safe and humane environment for inmates that will protect the public and staff through modern Jail techniques and training in the principles of direct supervision.
Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office is approximately 800,000 square feet, making it one of the largest jails in the country. Just under 1 million square feet, the facility is large enough to fit 20 full-size football fields. In any given year, 35,000 to 37,000 individuals are incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Jail. The Gwinnett County Jail is classified as a Direct Supervision Pretrial Detention Center and has a maximum capacity to house 2,600 inmates. The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office consists of 3 buildings, 41 housing units, and 14 security stations.
Goals of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office:
- Provide services that assist victims of domestic violence and contribute to the preservation of life, the protection of property, and the safety of the community
- Maintain individual professionalism through comprehensive training and establishment of policies, programs, and procedures
- Adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards of individual and organizational conduct
- Create a professional working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of all employees
- Provide for the safe and humane treatment of inmates and those awaiting legal adjudication
- Establish an environment of active cooperation with the community and respect for human dignity
Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office
2900 University Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Main Line: 770.619.6500