After serving as chief deputy for the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office for more than three years, Jared Akins is looking forward to getting back on the street as a police detective, taking once again to a hands-on approach to fighting crime.
Akins recently joined the Statesboro Police Department as a detective but he has over 15 years’ experience in law enforcement, having worked with the Sheriff’s Office as deputy, supervisor and investigator before being named chief deputy.
After over a week on city streets, Akins said he feels quite at home since he worked closely with the department during his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office.
Akins left the Sheriff’s Office at the end of December after running for sheriff in 2016, conceding the victory to coworker Noel Brown.
“I have had a really great reception with these guys,” he said of the warm welcome he received from the Statesboro Police Department. “It is not like coming to work with complete strangers. I have worked with some of these guys for years. I am going back to the kind of work I enjoy doing, working with a great group of people.”
While he enjoyed being chief deputy, Akins prefers active police work, being more involved in the investigations part of things, he said.
After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, Akins successfully went through the paces of applying and being approved for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, but as there is currently no position available, he decided to apply for a position with the police after learning a position was open.
Being idle isn’t what he was cut out for, he said. “I didn’t want to wait and (do nothing).”
Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead said he is thrilled to have an officer of Akins’ caliber and reputation to join the department.
“We are excited to have an officer of Jared's experience and expertise join the SPD team,” he told the Statesboro Herald. “Jared will definitely be an asset to our agency and community and will help us to further our goals.”
Akins worked with former sheriff Lynn Anderson as chief deputy for more than three years and in various divisions for 15 years prior to that. “I have worked in every single section of the office,” he said during his campaign for sheriff.
Law enforcement and public safety is a family affair, he said. His father, the late Herman Akins, served 43 years with the Statesboro Fire Department, 37 of which he served as deputy chief.
Akins’ mother, Sherri Akins, worked with the Bulloch County Clerk of Courts office for over 40 years, serving as clerk for over 20 years. His uncle, the late Arnold Ray Akins, held the office of Bulloch County’s sheriff for 24 years before deciding not to seek reelection in 2000.
Akins has been married to Jahala Akins for 13 years, and the couple have two sons – Grayson, 12, and Gavin 7.
He joins a complete team of 10 detectives, led by Capt. James Winskey. The SPD detectives are Akins, Det. Sgt. Patrick Harrelson, Det. Dustin Cross, Det. Tommy Brown, Det. Ben Purvis, Det. Kevin Wadley, Det. Travis Kruen, Det. Eric Short, and Det. Keith Holloway.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.