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Welcome to the official website of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office.  As we continuously seek

out new ways to enhance the public’s accessibility to our office and assorted services, this site

has been designed with our citizens in mind.  It is my desire to improve our ability to reach the

public using technology to increase the speed, accuracy, and availability of law enforcement

data that is so vital in today's information driven world.


With 99 years of service to the citizens of Crisp County, the men and women of our county-wide,

full-service law-enforcement agency strive to fulfill our constitutional duties and our public safety

mission, while improving the quality of life for those living, working in, and visiting Crisp County.

Throughout Crisp County our deputies continue to execute their duties more effectively and

efficiently than ever before.  


The Sheriff’s Office is proud of the alliance we have established with citizens, businesses,

community organizations, government leaders, and our fellow law enforcement agencies.  Our

collaborative efforts are central to fighting crime in our community.  In the past 12 months criminal

arrests have continued to increase.


Our office has grown to 57 deputies, 21 detention officers, and another 6 civilians who are committed

to providing superior service to our citizens of Crisp County.   I assure you that we will remain focused

on our core purpose to seek justice, preserve peace, and improve the quality of life for all by providing

exceptional law-enforcement services.


As the 11th Sheriff to serve Crisp County, it is my distinct honor and privilege to lead a sheriff’s office that

is highly visible and proactive while delivering a personal level of professional services to the citizens we

are sworn to protect.




Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County, Georgia


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NEW!  Sheriff Hancock is proud to announce that over the past 30 days, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office has received over $46,000 in funds. Two grants were received that were designed specifically how they could be used. One grant in the amount of $15,000 is for the purpose of purchasing radio equipment that will allow Deputies from Crisp County to communicate via radio with Turner and Dooly counties. This equipment was needed because agencies over the state use different types of radio systems that sometimes are not compatible to communicate with other radios. This system will bridge that communication gap and make it easier to reach other counties during an emergency situation. The second grant in the amount of $17,480 was received to update computers at the Sheriff’s Office that deal with sex offenders. It takes these updates to maintain and track the sex offenders in Crisp County to ensure they are abiding to the requirements mandated by State of Georgia. Yesterday the Sheriff Office received $13,544 from a cash seizure forfeiture that also involved the seizure of approximately 10lbs of marijuana. The funds will be used to stay up to date with technology that is changing rapidly and other expenses that would otherwise cost the taxpayers. Sheriff Hancock believes in utilizing grants and drug funds to purchase items to assist his Sheriff’s Office operate at its fullest potential at little or no cost to the local tax payers of this county.


NEW!  On Monday, December 15th at approximately 10:00 p.m., deputies responded to Joe's Food Market at 2002 Hwy 41 North in Cordele. Upon arrival clerks advised deputies three black males, wearing masks, entered the store, armed with handguns, demanding money and merchandise. Clerks produced the items and the three black males were last seen running from the store. Investigators worked hours processing the scene and interviewing the clerks. Investigators are continuing to follow up on leads and interviews. Anyone with information are urged to contact the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office at 229-276-2600 or click on the Crime Stoppers tab to leave anonymous tips.

NEW!  At 1:00 p.m. on December 13th the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Cordele Police Department in locating a burglary suspect.  The Cordele Police Department was dispatched to 1203 Hickory Street South in reference to a burglary.  The caller advised 911 they witnessed a black male running from a house wearing an orange jacket and dark pants.  The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office assisted by attempting to locate the subject in the surrounding area.  While searching the area, 911 informed units a subject matching the description was running through a yard in the 1000 block of 22nd Ave East.  K-9 Tessa was deployed and located the subject hiding behind an air conditioner in the rear of a home.  The subject fled on foot and Sheriff Billy Hancock caught the subject after a brief foot chase.  With the assistance of Deputy Purvis, the subject was handcuffed and turned over to Cordele Police officers for transport.  

Sheriff Hancock and the Office staff wish you a very Merry Christmas. 

  Operation Holiday Safety 2014

Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Crisp County Sheriff's Office want you to have a safe and happy holiday season.  Throughout this holiday season, all Crisp County Sheriff's Office personnel will be in full uniform and driving clearly marked identified vehicles as a show of force to establish a law enforcement presence throughout Crisp County.  Follow this link to our Holiday Safety Tips webpage to assist you with your crime prevention pre-trip planning.


NEW!  Sheriff Billy Hancock announced an increase in revenue within the Sheriff’s Office at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.  Revenue is “way above last year,” the sheriff said. One increase is due to the increase in inmates from the federal system due to an “increase in our status,” Hancock said. “We had the bed space available,” he explained, “and we have been aggressively working with the feds ... so our status is going up with them.” The roughly typical amount of money the Sheriff’s Office has received to house federal inmates is around $70,000 to $80,000. So far this year, it is around $86,000. “We’re right at capacity at the jail.”  The second increase in revenue being generated by the Sheriff’s Office comes to around $5,000 every month now for a change in the department’s food service.

The Sheriff also asked the commission to approved a USDA grant application that would be paid out of the department’s inmate revenue that would go towards the purchase of computers and vehicles, etc. The commission approved this grant application request unanimously.


NEW!  Congratulations to Major Melvin Jones on his recent promotion.


According to Sheriff Billy Hancock, at approximately 11:30 am on December 10, 2014, Administrators at Crisp County High School notified school resource officers, Sgt. Harry Fox and Deputy T.J Griffin that there was a student on campus possibly carrying a weapon. Officers and Administrators approached the student and confined him in an empty classroom. The student, 18 year old Kastonia Traylor confirmed that he was in possession of a loaded 32 pistol. The pistol was safely removed and secured from the student along with a bag of marijuana. Kastonia was transported to the Crisp County Detention Center and is charged with Possession of a firearm on school property and Possession of marijuana. Sheriff Hancock and other deputies went to the school and remained for the rest of the day which ended without further incident.


Robbery Prevention
Robbery doesn't occur as often as other crimes against businesses, but the potential for loss can be much greater from a single incident. Also, robbery involves force or threat of force and can result in serious injury or death.
• Greet every person who enters the business in a friendly manner. Personal contact can discourage a would-be criminal.
• Keep windows clear of displays or signs and make sure your business is well-lighted. Check the layout of your store, eliminating any blind spots that may hide a robbery in progress.
• Provide information about your security systems to employees only on a "need-to-know" basis. Instruct your employees to report any suspicious activity or person immediately and write down the information for future reference.
• Place cash registers in the front section of the store. This increases the chances of someone spotting a robbery in progress and reporting it to the police.
• Keep small amounts of cash in the register to reduce losses. Use a drop safe into which large bills and excess cash are dropped by employees and cannot be retrieved by them. Post signs alerting would-be robbers of this procedure.
• Make bank deposits often and during business hours. Don’t establish a pattern; take different routes at different times during the day. Ask a police officer to escort you to the bank whenever possible.
• Ask local law enforcement what to do in case you are robbed. Make sure your address is visible so emergency vehicles can easily find your business.
• If you or your employees are confronted by a robber, cooperate. Merchandise and cash can always be replaced—people can’t!

Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Police Unity Tour want you to know a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours.  In 2014, to date, 109 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.  This represents a 17% increase from 2013 thus far.  Please be extra cautious when driving and move over when you see public safety at work on the roadways – It’s the law.

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