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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.




Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County, Georgia


News and Articles


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NEW!  Quinton Durell Clark (Sherman) is still wanted for entering autos. If you have any information of his whereabouts, please call 911 immediately!  Routine tips may be left by visiting the Crisp County Sheriff's Office Crime Stoppers.


NEW!  Smoakies BBQ, located at 602 North Greer Street in Cordele was burglarized. Surveillance captured this image of the suspect. Crisp County Sheriff's Office's Sergeant Karla Stowe reported the suspect has been apprehended.


NEW!  During an investigation into cocaine distribution the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, along with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on the residence of 311-A West 13th Avenue Cordele, Georgia. The investigation was started after complaints from the neighborhood were made to law enforcement about drug activity occurring at the residence.

When the search warrant was served by agents and deputies no one was present at the residence. The residence was secured and searched. During the search law enforcement seized 29 “rocks” of crack cocaine, 10 ounces of marijuana and 59 diverted pharmaceuticals which included hydrocodone, phenobarbital and phenytoin. Also seized during the search were 2 semi-auto pistols.

The investigation eventually led to arrest warrants being issued for 20-year-old Latenza Debasco Bryant Jr who lives at the residence. Bryant is charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of hydrocodone and possession of Schedule IV drugs. Bryant turned himself into authorities without incident and is currently being held at the Crisp County Detention Center.


Sheriff Billy Hancock welcomed long-time friend and motivational speaker Dr. Bobby Smith who spoke to law enforcement officers and their families about the stress and trauma police officers face.

Smith, a Louisiana State Trooper, was involved in a shooting with a drug dealer in 1986. Smith said the dealer was out on a mission to kill a police officer and he happened to be caught in that line of fire. Smith was shot in the face with a 12 gauge shotgun, leaving him blind.

Smith's life became even more tough after his shooting when he lost his stream of income, marriage and more.

He went on to recover, get his PhD, become an author and now travels the country sharing his story in hopes of getting officers to understand that it's ok to talk about the pressures of the job and that help is available.

Crisp County Sheriff's Office, Dooly County Sheriffs Office, Houston County Sheriff's Office and more agencies from across south Georgia came to Smith's speech at South Georgia Technical College.

Smith still works with the Louisiana State Patrol as Director of Troopers Assistance Program.












Thanks to everyone who made our ceremony a success. It was a heartfelt event remembering those "Who Gave All."


Crisp County Sheriff's Office is now offering a new program to inmates. Deputies teamed up with the Gateway Foundation for parenting classes this week.  The goal is to help inmates with life after jail. The program consists of ten sessions the inmates can attend.  It teaches skills such as communication and family values. Organizers said the joint effort is important for the inmates. The program is only offered to female inmates but they do plan to open it up to men as well.


“It's going to the people who want to better themselves in order to become productive citizens again in our community,” said Gateway Foundation Executive Director Lelee Phinney.


“We got good response from them and good participation from them. They were very excited to do it,” said Major Joey Arzola.


- Courtesy of WALB


We have now made three arrests in the overnight entering auto cases. We have recovered five weapons.  The fourth suspect Quinton Durell Clark (Sherman) is currently wanted for entering autos. This investigation is continuing, anyone with information is urged to contact Crisp County Sheriff's Office at (229)276-2600 or by visiting the Crisp County Sheriff's Office Crime Stoppers.



May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway.  All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.


Each teacher in Crisp County received a mug from Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Crisp County Sheriff's Office in observance of Teacher Appreciation Week. We love our teachers! Crisp Academy teachers received mugs, however are not pictured.




Crisp County Sheriff's Office participated in a mobile command vehicle training this week. SFC. Bray, SGT Fraser, SGT Sears and civilian partner Jerry Cooper with Coopercraft were tasked with using the vehicle to its fullest capabilities. Sheriff Hancock believes this training is crucial so when a real event occurs, his staff will be prepared.


Crisp County Power, Crisp County Public Works, and many other agencies have been working non-stop throughout the nights and all days recently clearing roads and restoring power. Crisp County is blessed to have such hard-working people and fortunate to call Crisp County home. 



Crisp County Public School CHAMPS graduation. Thank you everyone who attended and showed our youth we believe in them.


Thank you Manager Pashmina Brown and First Franklin for the donation of a laptop computer. 5th grade CHAMPS graduate James Porter was chosen overall best student and was the winner of the computer today at Crisp County CHAMPS Graduation. Congratulations graduates and thank you teachers for allowing us time with your students each week.


Sheriff Hancock congratulates Deputy Kris Herrick. Herrick received Drug Recognition Expert of the year for the State of Georgia today at the 12th Annual Golden Shield Honors Awards Banquet and two other related awards. Good job!


Things are looking brighter for Crisp County Sheriff's Office, no really, Crisp County Power has worked hard this week installing a new light system (led) and more lights. We can't thank CCPC enough for the project. Half way finished and it already looks awesome at night.


We recently received a complaint regarding a text message from American Express, requesting the customer confirm their account. This is a SCAM. Please be wise when answering text messages via cell phones. We encourage you not to handle official business through texting.


(From the South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America)  It has been brought to our attention that there are boys soliciting funds “to buy Scout uniforms” in Crisp County, Tift County, and Sumter County. These boys say they are with Troop 133, and depending on who presses them on this issue, they say they are from Cordele or Americus. These boys have asked for donations from current Scout Volunteers in Cordele (at a local restaurant and the parking lot of a convenience store) and in Tifton in the Walmart parking lot. They present with a folder with a picture of a Scout in uniform, so they can show people what they say they are raising money for.

There is no Troop 133 in our council. These boys, and apparently their parents, are committing a crime – Theft by deception. Law Enforcement in all concerned counties have been notified.

As a reminder to our REAL Scout units, solicitation of funds, or panhandling, goes against the BSA fundraising policies. Scouts must provide a product or service for any money they receive.


Congratulations Crisp Academy 5th graders in completing the CHAMPS program. Recognition of public school graduates will April 29th.


We are receiving more calls telling us citizens have been receiving scam calls.  PLEASE BE AWARE AND DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.

Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.

Click Here for a complete listing of things the IRS would like to warn you about.


The following excerpt is from the recent press release from Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney Bradford L. Rigby:



The M.D. Whitest Medical Institute announced the Grand Opening of the future Medical Clinic in the former A.S. Clark Elementary School. We share the excitement of Dr. Whitest, who I have known since High School and have met with a couple of times since his returning to Cordele. We here at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office are looking forward to assisting him in any way possible. Congratulations Dr. Whitest.


Traffic units with the Crisp County Sheriff’s office have taken over 4 and a half pounds of marijuana off the interstate in the last week. Sheriff Billy Hancock said that common traffic violations led the officers to the offenders, which resulted in searches of their vehicles. The first two are both 34 years old and residents of Ohio. The driver, Whitney Richardson is charged with speeding, possession of marijuana less than an ounce and a seat belt violation. Richardson’s passenger, Travis Byrd is also charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce and a seatbelt violation. The second vehicle, a 2003 Lexus, driven by 23 year old Lexus De Jon Hill of Albany, Georgia is charged with multiple traffic violations, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The last offender, driving a 2015 Mercedes is 39 year old Almarick Thompson of Lithonia, Georgia. He is charged with speeding and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after he was found to be in possession of 3 pounds of marijuana, wrapped as gifts in a birthday bag. All suspects were taken to the Crisp County Detention Center. Hancock applauds the deputies and their efforts to keep drugs out of our community and other communities in the state. The investigation continues.

  Citizen Safety includes preventing identity theft.  Sheriff Billy Hancock encourages all Crisp County residents to take necessary steps to protect their identity.  ConsumerAffairs has provided a valuable resource guide about identity theft protection featuring hundreds of verified consumer reviews. 

Please visit the link below to review information on identity theft prevention and be informed prior to choosing an identity theft protection company.

It's a great feeling to be able to give people the peace of mind they deserve when it comes to something as important as identity theft protection.






On March 10, 2016, Sergeant Ben Sumner stopped a black Honda Civic for speeding on interstate I-75. Sumner observed the occupants in the vehicle swap drivers. As Sumner approached the vehicle, he requested that one of the occupants, later identified as Treva Moore, step to the rear of the vehicle. After speaking with her, Sumner made contact with a male subject in the vehicle and immediately detected the odor of alcohol. After a brief interview, it was determined that the offender, Donald Carter of Augusta, Georgia was driving the vehicle and was driving on suspended driver’s license. As Sgt. Sumner attempted to place Carter in handcuffs, he fled on foot. Carter ran and jumped to a silver passenger car that was stationary ahead on the side of the road. At this point backup was called and Sumner stayed at the vehicle with the other occupants. Deputy Bo Duckworth came in contact with the silver passenger car, when Carter attempted to flee again. Deputy Duckworth was able to apprehend Carter as the silver car left the scene. A short time later the silver vehicle was located in the city of Cordele. Upon search of the Honda Civic, suspected marijuana, a pipe, and suspected cocaine was found inside the vehicle. Both remaining occupants were arrested and identified as 30 year old Olga Pacheco of Hollywood, Florida and 18 year old Treva Moore, also from Hollywood, Florida. Cocaine and blank checks belonging to individuals other than the offenders were located in the silver vehicle. As a result, 28 year old Jamesha Brown, 24 year old Marcus Jackson and 25 year old James Earl Brown all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida were arrested. Further investigation revealed that the offenders are connected to crimes reported out of Loganville, Georgia. Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with Loganville Police Department as the investigation continues. The offenders are charged with the following:
18 year old Treva Angelique Moore, charged with permitting unauthorized person to drive, window tint violation, possession of open container, safety belt violation, possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana less than an ounce and identity fraud.
26 year old Donald Carter, charged with window tint violation, safety belt violation, obstruction of law enforcement officers, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, DUI, Driving while license suspended, speeding open container and identity fraud. Carter is also wanted on felony charges out of Florida.
30 year old Olga Lucila Pacheo, 25 year old James Earl Brown, 28 year old Jamesha Brown and 24 year old Marcus Jerome Jackson are all charged with possession of open container, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of cocaine and identity fraud.


The Crisp County Sheriff's Office had a very busy week of serving.  Sheriff Billy Hancock is shown below backing up a Georgia State Trooper on a

traffic stop.  Sheriff Billy Hancock opened a Gang Awareness Class for Crisp County Primary School Staff and introduced Major Arzola, who taught the class.  Captain Denise Youngblood and Sergeant Michael Fraser led a self-defense class for the teachers and staff. We love being a part of the community

we serve!


Sheriff Billy Hancock issues a warning to a driver on Hwy 41 in Crisp County. Sheriff Billy Hancock is thankful for the prisoner detail that cleaned the sides of the highway on Monday.  However, he was appalled at the amount of trash that has been littered in just two days! Sheriff Billy Hancock reminds drivers that if you are hauling trash to the landfill, please secure it so that it does not cover our highways and ditches. Hancock reminds all, littering is a citable offense for operators who fail to secure their loads.


The Polaris Ranger pictured below and an 18-foot car hauler trailer was stolen from 1534 Tremont Road. The Polaris Ranger is a 570 green Crew cab. The roof is black diamond-plated. The Polaris has a brush guard on the front of it and black 14 inch rims with green center caps. The trailer is a black 18-foot car trailer. It did not have a tag or a rear gate. It was last seen on March 5, 2016. The case is under investigation. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the Polaris and trailer, please contact Sergeant Eason at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office at 229-276-2600. A reward is being offered for the safe return of the items.


A wonderful thing happened at the Sheriffs Conference in January. Sheriff Billy Hancock of Crisp County won a Corn Hole Game in the raffle that had been donated by Dublin Construction Company. Sheriff Hancock promptly donated it to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and the Corn Hole Boards found a new home at Cherokee Estates in Dalton. This act of generosity was a wonderful thing; but, it gets better. Sheriff Hancock then commissioned Dublin Construction to make four more games to go to the other four Youth Homes. Dublin Construction then went one better by donating all four games. Thanks to the Acts of Kindness by Sheriff Hancock and Dublin Construction Co. All five Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes now are the proud owners of a custom built Corn Hole Game.


Pictured are Shaun Eilders, Director of Social Services at The Boys Ranch in Hahira; Major Wiggins with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office; and Brennan Bass, Project Manager for Dublin Construction Company.



Sheriff Hancock, Major Wiggins, and Major Arzola read to the students at Crisp County Primary School Wednesday. The children were very excited and enjoyed being read to.


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