The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office has designated a number of parking spaces at the jail facility located at 2526 New Calhoun Road as a “safe exchange zone” for online transactions and custodial exchanges. With the number of anonymous, online initiated transactions increasing, the sheriff’s office has responded by offering these designated spaces in the hopes of deterring crime.
According to Sheriff Burkhalter, “Our Safe Exchange Zone is designed to protect our citizens from becoming victims of robberies, thefts, and scams associated with online transaction sites such as Craigslist and E-bay. These areas will also allow parents to have a safe location to exchange children per custodial agreements or court orders and when possible, we highly recommend that citizens not make these transactions alone.”
Transactions may take place 24 hours, 7 days a week in the main parking lot across from visitation. The zone is clearly marked with a “Safe Exchange Zone” sign. The lot is well lit and monitored by cameras, however; deputies and employees are not available to participate as official witnesses, give legal advice or settle disputes.
Individuals may not buy or sell weapons, drugs or drug paraphernalia in the safe exchange zone.
The FCSO’s Safe Exchange Zone has been registered as a national Safe Deal Zone at www.safedeal.zone .