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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 Billy Hancock announced today he is stepping up patrols tonight to keep kids safe. Sheriff Billy Hancock says he will have almost 20 deputies patrolling their busy neighborhoods.  "They've become very popular for people to go and trick or treat at and we actually put officers in those neighborhoods to work traffic and to help the traffic flow in and out of those subdivisions." Sheriff Billy Hancock passed out 500 reflective bags to children in Crisp County.


NEW!  Thursday, October 30, 2014, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Georgia State Patrol, Cordele State Probation Office, Department of Natural Resources, and Cordele Police Department, conducted another phase of “Operation Take Back." As part of the operation, law enforcement officers from the participating agencies patrolled the city of Cordele and Crisp County. This effort resulted in the arrest of two wanted persons, two DUI arrest, one arrest for attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and several traffic citations. During the operation an armed robbery occurred at S&S Food Mart,  located on Highway 41 in the City of Cordele. Deputies responded to the call and arrived in less than one minute. Deputies and investigators then assisted the Cordele Police Department in the investigation, interviewing witnesses and searching for suspects. Sheriff Billy Hancock expresses his sincere support to the citizens of Cordele and Crisp County.  Sheriff Billy Hancock wants you to know the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is committed to deterring crime and making our communities safe!


NEW!  Thursday, October 23, 2014, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Clary Logging regarding the unauthorized use a company gas card. SFC. Ben Bray began investigating the crime. It was determined that the

gas card had been used to purchase over $2400.00 of diesel fuel from Pilot Travel Center between October 3, 2014 through October 17, 2014. Video obtained in the investigation revealed that the offender was 54 year old, Sam Canady of Vienna, Georgia. Bray has issued warrants for Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and six counts of Financial Transaction Fraud. Canady is housed at the Crisp County Detention Center with no bond at this time.



NEW!  Sgt. Fox had the opportunity to visit the Head Start center today and hand out the reflective trick or treat bags Sheriff Hancock donated.


NEW!  On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at approximately 10:00pm deputies responded to 160 4th Street in Arabi, Georgia in reference to a burglary in progress. Witnesses advised deputies that someone had entered the residence and was still inside. Contact was made with the homeowner via telephone and he stated that no one should be in the residence. Deputy Compton observed an open window with a ladder next to it. Deputy Compton announced his presence and no one responded. Compton secured the scene and waited for back up to arrive. Deputy Compton and DFC Duckworth entered the residence and announced their presence with still no response. While searching the residence they found 41 year old James Coppedge hiding in the closet. Deputies placed Coppedge under arrest and transported him to the Crisp County Detention Center. He is charged with burglary. Sheriff Hancock commends the deputies for putting their life on the line and relying on their training and experience to safely diffuse a dangerous situation.

NEW!  The Red Ribbon is a national symbol for the war on drugs.  In response to the 1985 kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA Agent Enrique “KiKi” Camarena, people across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. The 2014 Red Ribbon Week theme is Love Yourself – Be Drug Free!

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NEW!  Sheriff Billy Hancock expresses his deepest sympathy to the McKinney family.  Former Crisp County Deputy and Mid-South Narcotics Task Force Agent Jason McKinney, age 40, passed away Friday morning after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  Jason was so proud Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior.  His personality was contagious. Jason loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing the guitar, and singing. Jason is survived by his wife and two children.  Please keep the McKinney family in your prayers.



October 16, 2014, at approximately 12:35 p.m., a small single-engine plane taking off from the Cordele Airport crashed.
According to Sheriff Billy Hancock, a group of four planes had landed at the Cordele Airport en route to an air show in Rome, GA. After refueling they were to head north to complete their journey.

An Aeronca Champ, owned and piloted by Rene’ St. Julien (61) from Port St. Lucie, FL attempted a takeoff to the West when for unknown reasons the airplane went down. Cordele Fire Department, Crisp Fire Rescue and members of Crisp County EMS responded, along with deputies and Cordele Police Department officers. Upon arrival first responders learned the plane was occupied by two people, Mr. St. Julien and his wife, Jan (65). She was extricated from the plane and flown to Macon Medical Center by Air Evac, which is based at the Cordele Airport. Mr. Julien was killed instantly in the crash.

Sheriff Billy Hancock talked to members of the FAA and NTSB, who will investigate the crash. FAA representatives were on the scene this afternoon and will return in the morning. Deputies from Crisp County have secured the scene and will remain on the scene throughout the night.

Sheriff Billy Hancock credited the quick response of the Fire personnel, Paramedics of Both Air Evac and Crisp County for saving Mrs. St. Julien’s life. "They never hesitated to do their job even with the leaking of fuel on them and around them from the plane," said Hancock.
The other planes that had taken off returned and landed at the Airport moments after the crash.


Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock announces the arrest of the person responsible for assaulting and robbing a Cordele business owner Friday night, October 10, 2014.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, at approximately 9:24 am, Crisp County Deputies and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to the 2900 block of Blackshear Road where a severally injured male had been found lying in the road ditch by hunters. The male was air lifted to a regional hospital. Investigation identified the male victim as Eugene Thomas Dennard, 70 years of age, of Vienna, Georgia. Mr. Dennard owns Dennard Services and The Exchange Mart both located in Cordele. Deputies and Investigators from the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, along with Crime Scene Specialists with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, worked thru out the day and night on multiple scenes and leads. Crisp County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Dooly County Sheriff’s Office and detectives with the Cordele Police Department.
The investigation led to the arrest of an employee of the victim’s, Willie Telfair, 36, of 813 20th Avenue West, Cordele, Georgia. Telfair is charged with Aggravated Battery, Robbery, Theft by Taking, Forgery, Interference with Government Property.

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this case as well as the murders of Ashley Garry and Jasperin Armstrong both of which occurred in September. Anyone with information regarding any of these cases is encouraged to contact the Crisp County Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Hancock stated this is, once again, a perfect example of law enforcement agencies working together across jurisdictional boundaries to bring those persons responsible for crimes in our community to justice.


Crisp County trustee inmates are being utilized to help school board and school officials paint the parking lot at Crisp County High School. Trustees are inmates that volunteer to be a part of a work detail at the jail. Trustee selection is based on the inmate's past criminal history, current criminal charges, and his demeanor while incarcerated. If eligible through the court and with satisfactory performance, participants may receive two-for-one credit on their sentence. Sheriff Hancock believes this is a positive way to teach inmate's skills and save taxpayers of Crisp County money.


Sheriff Hancock recently spoke at First Baptist Church's senior luncheon. He spoke on the tornado that struck Cordele in 1936 and provided attendees with much information on Emergency Management.


Sheriff Hancock seeks tips to help solve the murder of Ashley Garry .  Investigators have dedicated more than 700 man hours on this case already. Sheriff Hancock says Crisp County does not investigate many murders, but when they do, they usually solve them quickly. "This is the first homicide since 2011 outside the city limits of Cordele, and the first since 1997 that this agency hasn't, along with the people you see here, hasn't solved within three days of the incident," says Sheriff Hancock.  Anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant you feel the lead may be, is asked to Leave a Crime Stopper Tip for Sheriff Hancock.


Family Day at Home Depot was Saturday, October 4th.  The Crisp County Sheriff's Office was proud to attend.



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Sheriff Hancock has personally been affected by this disease. He and his staff will be placing pink ribbons on their vehicles in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer and a reminder to others to take the steps for early detection. For more information you can go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at . Sheriff Hancock and his staff care enough to where pink.


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