Jason Welch is currently the Divisional Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division. He has been employed with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years. He has worked as a Detention Deputy, Patrol Deputy, and Investigator in both the Criminal Investigations Division and Narcotics Unit prior to becoming a supervisor. Jason has been a supervisor for over 7 years, as a Corporal and Sergeant of the Narcotics Unit, a shift Lieutenant, and a Lieutenant over the Special Investigations Unit. Jason has also served as the Assistant Commander of Uniform Patrol prior to being promoted to Captain as the Commander of the Jail Division and now Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division.
Jason Welch began his career at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office in March 2004. After being hired, Jason attended the Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy and completed the Basic Jailor course to earn the rank of Detention Deputy. Jason maintained the rank of Detention Deputy for nearly two and half years. Jason then attended the police academy at the Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy and graduated in November 2006. Following his completion of the police academy, Jason completed the RCSO field training program, allowing him to earn the rank of Deputy Sheriff and begin working in Uniform Patrol.
While working as a patrol deputy Jason gained interest in becoming a RCSO SWAT team member. After successfully completing tryouts, Jason then earned his certification for a Basic SWAT officer at a course in DeKalb County. As a member of the SWAT Team Jason earned the position of Team Leader and later Team Commander, a position still held.
In July 2009, Jason earned the rank of Investigator and began working general cases within the Criminal Investigations Division. His CID experience involved solving crimes to include, but not limited to burglary, theft, fraud, armed robbery, and murder. While in CID, Jason earned certifications in many advanced investigative techniques.
Still within CID, Jason transferred from general investigations to narcotic investigations. While working in an undercover capacity as a Narcotics Investigator, Jason received the award “Investigator of the Year.” In 2013, Jason was promoted to the rank of Corporal and Sergeant to supervise the Narcotics and Vice Unit. As the supervisor of the Narcotics Unit seized the largest heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana busts in the Unit’s history.
After leaving Narcotics, Jason went on to supervise within the Uniform Patrol Division as a shift Lieutenant. This position allowed Jason to explore a vast array of different supervisory/management techniques. Jason was later selected to help create, implement, and command the Special Investigation Unit. He was then selected as the Assistant Commander of Uniform Patrol prior to being promoted to Captain as the Jail Commander, and now acting Uniform Patrol Commander.
Jason grew up locally in Rockdale County and attended Salem High School. He is married to his wife, Robyn Welch, and they have four children, a girl, two boys, and most recently have been blessed with a newborn baby boy. Jason’s interests include Reading, Football, Basketball, Golf, and time spent with his large family.
Education & Credentials
Professional Management Program: Columbus State University 2016
Georgia P.O.S.T. Certified Law Enforcement Officer: Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy, 2006
General Instructor /Firearms Instructor Certification: Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, 2015