Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, who is the county’s top law enforcement officer, said he is required to administer the oath every four years.
Law enforcement officers from the Rome Police Department, Floyd County Police Department, the Floyd County district attorney’s office and the state probation office were given the oath.
In the oath, officers are asked to say that they will “enforce all laws of the state of Georgia and of the United States of America, and that I am otherwise qualified to hold said office, according to the Constitution of the United States and laws of Georgia, and that I will support the constitutions of the United States and of the State of Georgia.”
If an officer violates the oath, he or she faces serious consequences.
A charge of violating the oath of office is a felony and can result in a prison sentence of one to five years.