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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 101 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, 14 communications 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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County, Georgia

NEW!  The Crisp County Sheriff's Office recently hosted a firearms familiarization class.  SGT Michael Fraser and MAJ John Wiggins provided instruction on weapons and safety measures and District Attorney Brad Rigby talked about the laws concerning firearms.

 
 

NEW!  Paul Mechler, President, of both Marvair and Industrial Climate Engineering and Bill Wilson, VP Sales & Marketing, North America are pictured here with Sgt. Michael Fraser of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office. Recently the air unit went out in the mobile command bus and Marvair graciously stepped up and offered to replace the unit. Sheriff Hancock thanks Marvair for their generosity and willingness to help Crisp County Sheriff’s Office.

 
 

Our hearts are full and the love from our community is felt. Recently, Sheriff Hancock received a call from a teacher. The teacher had a letter from a third grade student. The student had a request for the sheriff and wanted to see him. Not knowing what to expect, Sheriff Hancock went to the school and met with this young lady. Isn’t it comforting to know that our young people are comfortable enough to request to speak with our Sheriff? Later in the day, we received 3 cases of water, a handmade gift and donuts. The gifts were acts of kindness, just to say “thank you.” At this time of year, a cold bottle of water and a donut are the best gifts a deputy working a 12 hour shift can get! This evening, at the Crisp County School Board Meeting, Sheriff Hancock was recognized by board members. A plaque was presented to Sheriff Hancock as token of appreciation for the dedication he displays throughout our school system. Mrs. Fachini, had prepared a video presentation. It shared multiple voices and faces within the Crisp County School System, thanking Hancock for all of his efforts and contributions. Not every day ends with sunshine and smiles, however today has been a great day in the life of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office.

 
 

After receiving a complaint from a concerned citizen about possible drug activity in a motor vehicle. The E911 issued a look out for a tan dodge pickup truck with a drive out tag. Deputies spotted the vehicle on Crossroad Store Road. Deputy Harper stopped the driver of the vehicle, 29 year old Michael Newell. Newell was driving on suspended driver’s license and had an outstanding probation warrant. Incident to the arrest and nature of the complaint. Deputy Harper requested a task force agent respond and assist with the roadside investigation. Agent Childs arrived and his investigation revealed that Newell was in possession of a 9mm highpoint pistol, scheduled II controlled substances methadone, oxymorphone and diazepam which is a schedule IV controlled substance. Newell was transported and is being held at the Crisp County Detention Center. Your confidence in us allows us the opportunity to get these drug dealers off the streets. If you ever have information that is helpful to law enforcement, please do not hesitate to call. You may remain anonymous. Remember SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

 

First Responders from all over south Georgia gathered today for a 9/11 Memorial luncheon hosted by Sheriff Billy Hancock at the Lake Blackshear Resort. Multiple sheriffs and many law enforcement agencies were represented. Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle was the guest speaker. Cagle emphasized the importance and necessity

of law enforcement careers. We would like to thank each person in attendance for their participation in the event and their service to our communities.

   
 
 

A great night shot of the recently installed lights by Crisp County Power, Thank you Crisp County Power and the Crisp County Commissioners for working with us to make this facility safer. We replaced existing lights with LED lighting for better coverage, less expense in operation.

 

We have been notified by the Governors Office we will receive a grant to purchase new vest for our Special Response Team (SRT). Thanks to the Homeland Security Director and his team for approving the project.

 
 
 

Even though our neighbors just 30 miles to the south saw damaging winds and power outages that lasted into the weekend, Tropical Storm Hermine spared Crisp County.  A 33 mph wind was the highest recorded in Crisp County.

 

 

786-749-5933 is a number that will call with a male or female stating they work for the IRS and you will need a criminal attorney. This is a scam do not give them any information. Please never give personal information over the phone unless you are sure who you are talking with.

 
 
 

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” will be returning for this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies.

 

Giving back: The work program from the Crisp County Sheriff's Office assist each Saturday in cleaning up after a home football game. It is a way for them to give back to the community, saving money for the citizens of Crisp County. We have a great partnership with the Crisp County School System and are always glad to help.

 
 

Officers pictured were honored at the Officer of the Quarter event held at the Sheriff's office on August 18, 2016. Honored was Sgt. Ben Bray, DFC Kris Herrick, Cherell Davis and Detention Officer Lance Spurling. Their honors were voted on by their peers and confirmed by their immediate supervisors. Sheriff Hancock presented them with the reward and thanked each for going above and beyond the call of duty.

   
 
 

Another speeding violator arrested in Crisp County results in multiple arrests. On Friday, August 13, 2016, Deputy John Roger Harvey stopped a white 2015 Nissan Sentra for traveling 87 mph in a 70 mph zone. The suspected odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and conflicting information from the occupants, resulted in a search of the vehicle. As a result, two firearms were recovered. The UZI Eagle 40 caliber was reported stolen out of Clayton, County Georgia. The other weapon was a Rossi 38 caliber special. Located throughout the vehicle were various items commonly used in identity fraud such as checkbooks, listed names and social security numbers, fake identification cards with various names and license numbers as well as bank balances for multiple accounts. Arrested and charged was the driver, 66 year old Robert Martin. He is charged with speeding, obstruction of an officer and theft by receiving stolen property. Thirty year old Crystal Gilliam was a passenger in the vehicle and is charged with obstruction of an officer. Twenty six year old, Darius Martin is charged with giving false information and statements to officers, 14 counts of identity fraud, 2 counts of financial transaction fraud and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. All three are residents of Atlanta, Georgia. Sheriff Hancock applauds the efforts of his officers and their thorough roadside investigation. During the last two weeks, deputies have taken 8 illegal weapons off the highway.

 
 

On August 9, 2016, at approximately 6:15 PM, DFC Kris Herrick stopped a Gold Honda Accord driven by 19 year-old Alexandria Williams of Chattanooga for a speeding violation in the area of the 97 MM Northbound on Interstate 75. While talking to the driver, the passenger slid over into the driver’s seat and fled in the vehicle. A chase ensued at speeds over 100 mph. In the area of Exit 122 in Dooly County, the driver struck a guard rail and came to a stop. The driver, 20 year-old Quendarious Montez Johnson of Atlanta and a passenger, 17 year-old Alton Curtis Trimble, Jr of Fairburn fled the accident scene on foot. Dooly County Sheriff Craig Peavy, his deputies, and Georgia State Patrol TFC Bland assisted in the manhunt, which resulted in both offenders being taken into custody within several hours. At the time of arrest, Trimble gave a false name to officers in an attempt to present himself as a juvenile.

 

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of eight pistols, ammunition, marijuana, lap-top computers, drivers' licenses, credit cards, social security cards, purses, backpacks, game stations and accessories among other items. An intensive investigation between the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Ocala Police Department, FL, Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, as well as other agencies in both Georgia and Florida, has revealed these items were stolen in multiple entering automobile cases in Georgia and Florida within the previous few days. Total estimated value of the recovered property is $25,000.00.

 

All three offenders is this case face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges including theft by receiving stolen property, theft by bringing stolen property into this state, possession of firearms during the commission of a crime, identity fraud, fleeing and attempting to elude, speeding, marijuana possession, giving false name to officers, obstruction of law enforcement officers and various traffic charges.


Sheriff Hancock is thankful for the quick response and ongoing assistance from all agencies involved. We have had similar crimes involving entering autos in the past and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to assist other agencies and victims in recovering their property and prosecuting those responsible.

   
 
 

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the subjects that committed armed robbery of the Flint River Food Mart, located at 904 E. 16th Ave., on July 29, 2016. Please contact (229)276-2600 or visit the Crime Stoppers page.

 
 

Our School Resource Officers have been spending time at the Crisp County Primary School and Crisp County High School preparing for the school year. LT Payne, CPL Burrough, and Deputy Griffin are motivated and excited to be working with the Crisp County Cougars! School has started - Please allow yourself enough time in the mornings. There will be school buses and a higher volume of traffic in the mornings. Be alert and pay attention to other drivers on the roads.

   
 

With hunting season approaching and Christmas following not far behind we want to remind everyone to make sure to secure your ATV's and UTV's. It is always recommended that the V.I.N. be recorded and kept in a safe place. It is also recommended that a photograph be taken of your ATV or UTV. This gives law enforcement a good description and shows any accessories or changes that have been made to the vehicle. Any suspicious activity should be reported to law enforcement.

 
 
 

Meet Amy Westenfeld, Finance Director for the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office. Amy has worked in Accounting for the last 23 years, 11 of those years were spent at the County Finance department and the last 4 at the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office. Amy recently attended training with the Department of Justice, Asset Forfeiture Program in Morrow, Georgia. Sheriff Hancock believes in continuing education to ensure that we are in compliance with state and federal laws. Amy’s knowledge and experience is an asset, especially when working in conjunction the county Finance Department.

 

Summer construction is here and Georgia DOT is conducting maintenance and construction activities on interstates, state routes and bridges across Georgia. Plan ahead and know before you go. Learn about projects in your neck of the woods. Visit www.511ga.org or call 511. Georgia DOT urges motorists to always buckle up, stay off the phone – no texting – and drive alert. Please watch out for workers, obey the move-over law, and help them get home alive.

 

 
 
 

Looking for information on obtaining your first car seat? What about news on booster seats for toddlers or help finding where to inspect restraints for your children? Even if you just want to get more involved in promoting child passenger safety, this is where you want to go.  Click Here for more Information.

 

The Cordele Police Department and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office worked quickly in a joint operation to arrest a suspect that robbed King Tut’s Jewelry Store in Cordele.

On July 27th, at approximately 4 p.m., a black male entered the establishment brandishing a gun at the employee. Shots were fired, but the employee was not injured in the robbery. The suspect broke a glass case and grabbed jewelry, which he stuffed into a backpack before fleeing the scene on foot. Investigators with both departments converged on the scene and began to track the suspect, who had fled north on 3rd Street.

The search led officials to some storage units off of 3rd Street near the 5th Street overpass. Law enforcement cordoned off the area and the suspect was apprehended after exiting some thick brush in the vicinity of the storage units. The backpack with the stolen merchandise was recovered. The arrest was made within 30 minutes of the time of the robbery. Police charged 37-year old Ross Brooks of Cordele with with Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Brooks was arrested within 30 minutes of his crime.

 
 

Thank you to all who stand behind the badge with us!  Click Here to Play a Short Video About the Badge

 

According to Sheriff Billy Hancock, yesterday, July 27th, at approximately 3:00 PM, Deputy Kenny Purvis stopped a 1999 Silver Honda for speeding. The violator was traveling 89 mph southbound on the interstate through Crisp County. The vehicle was stopped and Purvis approached the driver side of the vehicle. Purvis immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana. The driver confirmed Deputy Purvis suspicion and admitted to having smoked marijuana about an hour before entering Crisp County. Purvis requested assistance so that he could search the vehicle. Back up arrived and the search began. Located in the console was marijuana and assorted pills. Also found in a book bag in the front passenger side floorboard were empty capsules and 10-12 grams of suspected cocaine. The suspect, 21 year old, Daniel Robert Stahlschmidt of Sarasota, Florida was arrested and transported to the Crisp County Detention Center. The vehicle was towed to the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle. A loaded, Ruger, 22 semi-automatic pistol and a 9mm Glock pistol were located in the trunk of the vehicle. Also located in the trunk was a suit case that contained psilocybin, approximately a pound of marijuana, various pills, scales and a safe containing cash in the amount of $20,877.97. Stahlschmidt is being held in the Crisp County Detention Center. He faces multiple felony drug offenses pending further investigation.

 
We have had numerous complaints about speeding in the area of 280 and Cannon. We will be conducting traffic enforcement in this area, please use caution and obey the traffic laws.
 
 

Planters First Bank -Cordele staff dressed in blue "Backs the Blue". Staff distributed 133 gift bags to Cordele Police Officers & Crisp County Sheriff Deputies to show appreciation for their service. They also distributed bows & donated a sign that a PFB customer made. Thank you to all law enforcement for your dedication.

   
     
 

EMA Director Sheriff Billy Hancock confers with local EMS director, David Edwards, Acting Police Chief, Lewis Green, and Cordele Police Department, LT Taylor while conducting an exercise at Stella -Jones. The event included exercising the employer's staff, City and County Fire, local law enforcement, and E911 response capabilities.

 

On May 4th, 2016, victims from the Subway armed robbery came to the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance in the investigation. Over the next several days SFC Ben Bray collected and viewed video footage from various businesses around Subway. Also during this time SFC Bray learned of other Subway armed robberies that had occurred in Florida. In a joint effort with Walton County and Alachua County Florida, evidence was put together to build the case. A cell phone taken from the victim was located on I-75 after many hours of searching. This cell phone was submitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations for DNA analysis. DNA evidence was also collected from other armed robberies that occurred in Florida and it was submitted to Florida Department of Law Enforcement for analysis. A match was made and it was discovered that the offender, Matthew Block. of Satillo Mississippi, was currently incarcerated in Bossier City, Louisiana. SFC Bray made contact with investigators in Bossier City where he learned that Block was wanted in five other states for Subway armed robberies. SFC Bray traveled to Bossier City Louisiana where he interviewed Block. Charges are being filed for Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime, Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon, Kidnapping and Theft. Block will be extradited back to Georgia to face these charges.

 
 

Thank you, members of the "Tuesday Morning Breakfast with Jesus" Club of Midway United Methodist Church for inviting Sheriff Billy Hancock to breakfast. The fellowship was great and the food delicious! Our staff appreciates the extra goodies you sent to the office to be shared. Thank you for your love and support.

 
 

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Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County Sheriff's Office

196 GA Hwy 300 South

Cordele, GA 31015-8009

Office  229.276.2600

Fax  229.276.2648

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 09/23/2016

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