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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 100 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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County, Georgia

     

     

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NEW! On July 14th, 2015 Crisp County Sheriff's Office was notified of a Burglary and Forgery. It was determined that two female offenders broke into a locked bedroom at a residence they were staying at. The offenders stole checks belonging to the victim and then forged the checks to cash at Salt Lick. Warrants were issued for the offenders. Information obtained by Sheriff's Office investigators lead them to Carabelle, Floridia. With the Assistance of Franklin County Florida Sheriff's Office, Shenda Reeves and Bonnie Burgess of Butler, Georgia were arrested for the Crisp County warrants. Reeves and Burgess have now been extradited back to Crisp County where they both will face charges of burglary, Forgery in the third degree and twelve counts each of Forgery in the fourth degree.

   
 
 

As part of Operation Take Back, Sheriff Billy Hancock assigned deputies to work areas of concern in an attempt to deter illegal activity in the city limits of Cordele and surrounding area. The Mid South Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Joe’s Meat Market located on the corner of 24th Avenue and 11th Street. Execution of the search warrant resulted in the arrest of two individuals. 27 year-old Kelvin Barron of 5th Avenue West, Cordele Georgia and Little Joe Williams of Cordele. When officers entered the business Barron was observed walking to the back of the business. Deputies made contact with him. Kelvin Barron was found to be in possession of marijuana and other illegal narcotics. He is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana within 1000ft of a housing project and possession of controlled substance within 1000ft of a housing project. Also arrested was 65 year-old Little Joe Williams of Cordele and he is charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Deputies continued the operation throughout the weekend resulting in multiple arrests to include possession of marijuana, obstruction of an officer and 6 wanted offenders throughout the state. Arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and obstruction of an officer is 22 year-old Kenneth Grover of Cordele. 31 year-old Jamiqus Smith was taken into custody for an active warrant out of Fulton county. 25 year-old Justin Mason of Cordele is charged with obstruction of an officer. Outstanding local probation warrants resulted in the arrest of four Cordele residents, 35 year-old Jonathan Harris, 38 year-old Jermaine Bivins, 18 year-old Alexia Coley and 46 year-old Lorenza Soloman.

Seized during the operation was approximately 100 grams of spice, over two ounces of marijuana, and 10 pieces of crack cocaine.

Sheriff Billy Hancock thanks the public for their calls and concerns about these problem areas. Operation Take Back is still ongoing and will continue to lead to further sweeps and search warrants in an effort to reduce criminal activity in our community.

   
 
                       
     
 
 

Sheriff Billy Hancock reminds all citizens that the safety of our children is paramount.  All children under eight years of age riding in a passenger automobile, van, or pickup truck while the vehicle is in motion on a public road, street or highway of Georgia must be properly restrained in an appropriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat.  Visit Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia's Child Passenger Safety Law for more information.

 

Sheriff Hancock was invited to speak with a group of young men about making healthy choices. The group was participating in Bibb County's Mentorship program and traveled to Lake Blackshear Resort for a retreat.

 

 

 
 
Click it or ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create a seat belt usage rate of around 90 percent across Georgia. Day or night, the message is simple - click it or ticket. - See more at: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/#sthash.y6xeb4Jo.dpuf
Click it or ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create a seat belt usage rate of around 90 percent across Georgia. Day or night, the message is simple - click it or ticket. - See more at: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/#sthash.NnukB2Ky.dpuf
Click it or ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create a seat belt usage rate of around 90 percent across Georgia. Day or night, the message is simple - click it or ticket. - See more at: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/#sthash.NnukB2Ky.dpuf

Click it or ticket is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create a seat belt usage rate around 90% across Georgia. Day or night, the message is simple - Click it or Ticket.

 
 

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, Deputy Chris Herrick stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation that landed both the driver and passenger in jail. Forty eight year old Porfirio Ramirez of Nashville, Tennessee was the driver of the vehicle and is charged with speeding and DUI of drugs. Further investigation at the scene led to the arrest of a 34 year old passenger, David Querra also of Nashville, Tennessee. He is charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce, possession of Xanax, possession of Klonopin and failure to keep drugs in their original container. Both offenders were transported to the Crisp County Detention Center. Sheriff Hancock expresses his gratitude to Officer Herrick in getting impaired drivers off of the road.

 

Acting on information received by the “See Something, Say Something” campaign, information was received that Goldy’s Restaurant located at 519 West 24th Avenue Cordele was involved in illegal drug distribution. The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force initiated an investigation.

During the investigation through the use of surveillance and other law enforcement techniques investigators were able to acquire enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for Goldy’s Restaurant. The search warrant was served on July 7, 2015 by drug agents and Sheriff’s deputies. During the search of the restaurant investigators seized approximately 14 grams of suspected cocaine and 6 ounces of suspected marijuana.

Through the investigation it was determined that 37 year-old Nicholas Harper was staying at the restaurant and running it. Harper is currently being sought after by the Sheriff’s Office and has active drug warrants for Marijuana transaction, cocaine transaction and 2 counts of possession of drugs within 1000ft of a housing project. If you know of his location please contact the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office or call 911.

 
 
 

Sheriff Billy Hancock is pleased to announce that Major Jeff Youngblood will be offering information and training on Church Security. If your church staff is interested, Major Youngblood will be glad to present it to you. Topics include the history of church security, the reality of church violence, and improving your church security.

If you are interested and would like Major Youngblood to present this information to your church, please contact Captain Cathy Childs at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office at (229) 276-2600.

 
 

On Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 Deputies responded to an assault that occurred at 16 East restaurant. Deputies learned that 39 year old Thomas James Denham of Cordele assaulted the victim and a witness that was trying to assist the victim. Denham then fled the scene. Later that evening deputies were called to Penia road north to another assault involving Denham. Upon arrival deputies learned that three other victims had been assaulted by Denham. Deputies later arrested Denham at a Twin Pines Road address for both incidents and Denham was charged with Simple Battery and 4 counts of simple battery family violence.

 
 

On Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 a theft was reported at Jack's Liquor. Deputy Smallwood arrived to take the report. He learned that Keith Satterfield of Cordele had entered the store and placed a Fifth of Vodka in his shorts pocket and then exited the store. Satterfield was already wanted for a previous theft from Jack's Liquor that occurred on Sunday June 28th, 2015. Deputies located Satterfield and arrested him for 2 counts of theft by shoplifting.

On Friday, July 3rd, 2015, Deputy Kenny Purvis noticed a dirt bike traveling on the roadway in the 29th Ave area. The driver was holding a helmet while operating the dirt bike. Deputy Purvis stopped the driver and after investigating further realized the dirt bike had been freshly painted. Deputy Purvis ran the V.I.N. and discovered that it was stolen from an incident reported to the Cordele Police Department a few months ago. The driver, 34 year old Ivory Tyson of Cordele was arrested and charged with, Driving a motorcycle with out a helmet, driving while license suspended, failure to maintain lane, operating a motor vehicle without proper headlights or tail lights, no registration and theft by receiving stolen property.

 
 

On Sunday, July 5th, 2015 Major Joey Arzola and DNR arrested 20 year old Dylan Mason of Fitzgerald Georgia. Mason was charged with disorderly conduct after a fight broke out at the Cypress Bar and Grille. Mason was written a citation and transported to the Crisp County Sheriff's Office.

Over the July 4th holiday period 41 citations were written, 1 marijuana arrest and a stolen motorcycle was recovered. There were 42 inmates booked and released through the detention facility. The road patrol answered 254 calls for service which generated 36 reports.

 
 
 

A child is safely at home.  Crisp County deputies responded to the Cordele Police Department in reference to a child case. Two concerned citizens observed a 4-year old child walking along Highway 41 in the area of the Farmer’s Market. The child was alone and not wearing any clothes. The citizens transported the toddler to the Cordele Police Department who, in turn, contacted the Sheriff's Office due to the incident occurring within the county.

 

Fortunately the child was able to describe to deputies what his residence looked like. Officers responded to the area, located the residence and alerted the parents who were reunited with the child a short time later.

 

Sheriff Billy Hancock thanks the concerned citizens who saw a child in danger and acted immediately. He also thanked the Cordele Police Department, the Department of Family and Children Services and responding deputies for working together to bring the incident to a quick resolution.

 

 

During the early morning hours of July 2, 2015, Sheriff Hancock led members of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office on a stake-out that resulted in the arrest of Ricky Jackson, age 43 of Pitts, Ga. and Antonio McCloud age 29 of Ashburn, Ga. The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division has been investigating a theft in which a large amount of products have been taken over the course of several weeks at MBM Corporation, located off of Kelly Road in Cordele. Jackson and McCloud were captured with approximately 400 pounds of stolen product. They were arrested while driving away from the scene. The investigation led to each being charged with three previous Burglaries and the Burglary last night for a total of four counts each. Investigators had used information learned in previous weeks to narrow down the expected time of the event last night. Sheriff Hancock along with other deputies had positioned themselves so that they could observe the plant and watch the two as they entered and left with the product. They were stopped on a traffic stop a short distance away and arrested without incident. Sheriff Hancock applauds Sergeant Rodgers and the investigative Division along with Major Smith for their hard work leading up to last night’s arrest. The investigation continues into others who may have purchased from these individuals.

     
 
 

 

 

Crisp County Sheriff's Office has arrested Johnathan Clay Johnson for burglary.

If you have purchased any items from Johnson these items may be stolen. Please

contact LT Miller at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office for further information at

(229) 276-2600

 
 

Saturday at approximately 1:30 PM a 911 call was placed to our dispatch center of a possible drowning at Veterans State Park. Crisp County Sheriff's Office, Crisp County EMS, Crisp County Fire-Rescue and DNR responded. Lee County Dive Team was notified to respond as well. A search via boat by DNR was conducted and 28 year-old Deshrick Howard of Sylvester was located deceased just beyond the ropes at the beach area.

Sheriff Billy Hancock writes, "Each of you, when the call came out responded quickly and professionally without concern for your wellbeing. Crisp County Deputies who were off and went without hesitation, your loyalty was not unnoticed. To the DNR who quickly jumped into action, job well done, it was team work at its best. Lee County Dive Team you were on the way with one phone call and left your family on a Saturday to drive through a down pour to aide Crisp County, Thank you. Sheriff Hobby they were your citizens and you came to help the family, a tip of the hat to you.  I am sorry for the loss the Howard family has suffered and you are in our prayers."

 
 
 

While on patrol, Captain Tommy Kimbrel saw a vehicle parked on Zion Hope Church Road with its parking lights on. When Captain Kimbrel approached the vehicle to investigate the vehicle drove off. Captain Kimbrel activated his blue lights and the vehicle refused to stop. The chase proceeded into Wilcox County on Old Seville Road then back into Crisp County where deputies were able to block the road and apprehend the subjects at Sandy Mount Road and Williford Crossing. Eddie Brown of Fitzgerald was arrested and charged with driving on suspended license, attempting to elude, and stop sign violation. A female juvenile was detained but later released.

 
   

We were busy last week at the Sheriff's office. Sheriff Billy Hancock was the guest of Bambie Hayes at the Kiwanis Club on Thursday. He spoke to the club, reviewing highlights of last year. On Friday he visited Mt. Calvary Baptist church at the request of Carolyn Bembry. At the church, he spoke to a group of children expressing the importance of education. Hancock also donated and delivered book bags to the students.

 

Congratulations to Sgt. Harry Fox. He graduated today, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from American Intercontinental University. We are proud of him and his accomplishment.

   
 

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE  For immediate Release June 24, 2015

Sheriff Billy Hancock, Emergency Management Director for Crisp County wants to warn citizens of the dangers extreme heat can cause. The hot weather can be a part of life, but extreme heat or numerous days of extreme heat can be a problem. When humidity is combined with the extreme heat, it can become even more dangerous for everyone. Prolonged heat stress caused by extreme temperatures can be fatal. As temperatures rise, not all persons have the ability to stay out of the heat or stay cool. People such as the elderly, babies, and those with serious medical conditions can be even more vulnerable to the heat.


Crisp County community leaders have come together to offer their assistance to those who do not have a place to stay out of the extreme heat. The collaborative efforts of Crisp County Fire Chief Ray Lunsford, Crisp County Recreation Department Director Eric Bozeman, Crisp County Board of Commissioners, and Sheriff Billy Hancock, Crisp County EMA Director has resulted in cooling stations being offered throughout the community. At times, when the temperature has reached in excess of 100 degrees, the cooling stations will be available. These cooling stations will provide an air conditioned location for citizens who are in danger from the extreme heat to cool off. Cool water will be available at these locations to assist in citizens staying hydrated. The cooling stations are located at Crisp County Emergency Operations Center, 196 GA Hwy 300 S; Crisp County Recreation Department, 1205 N 5th Street Ext., and Crisp County Fire Station, 112 Eddie Road.


Sheriff Hancock recommends that even if you don’t need the use of the cooling station, you should still take precautions from extreme heat. When the heat is at extreme temperatures, try to stay inside as much as possible. Drink Plenty of Water. Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles. Apply sunscreen and limit sun exposure between the peak hours of 10AM and 3PM. Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke in not only yourself, but those that are around you.

 
 

Thank you Southland Chrysler Jeep Dodge Inc. and Mr. Bill Davis who has donated a vehicle to the CHAMPS program for two years. Graphics by: Baker Signs

 
 

Deputy Kenny Purvis arrested 32 year old James Davis of Americus Georgia last night. He was driving on suspended license and was in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Davis was also wanted for an outstanding warrant out of Sumter County.

 
 
 

Our office has received calls about an automated message to cell phones concerning debit cards. This is a fraud. DO NOT give out any banking or personal information over the phone. Banks do not handle business through automated calls to your cell phone.

 
 

The following is a statement written by Dr. Alicia Ritchey.

Sherriff Billy Hancock and the Crisp County Sherriff’s Office were among the sponsors of the Inaugural Indigo Life Women’s Empowerment & Cultural Expo, which drew a sizeable international audience of women who came to Cordele from major cities across the U. S., as well as a cohort of dignitaries from the Bahamas. According to event coordinator, Dr. Alicia Ritchey, “Women’s safety is an important part of the women’s empowerment discussion.” Captain Denise Youngblood of the Crisp County Sherriff’s Office offered a laudable presentation on this topic. Her message was widely relevant, captivating, and timely.” Captain Youngblood stressed points related to being alert, thinking about your presence (or aura you give off), signs that indicate a good target for perpetrators, and having a plan in place if approached by someone. Indigo Life offers kuddos to Sherriff Billy Hancock, Captain Denise Youngblood, and the Crisp County Sherriff’s Office.

 
 

On Friday, June 12th, 2015, Agents with the Mid South Narcotics Task Force and Deputes with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 305 B 19th Ave East. Charles Alvin Black was arrested for Illegal possession of a controlled substance.

 
 

The Traffic Division has been busy keeping the roads safe and violators in check. Numerous arrests have been made within a week time span as a result of traffic violations, such as, speeding, expired tag and DUI:

  • 24 year-old Jean La Font of Miami, Florida was stopped for speeding 88/70, arrested and charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and possession of an open container of alcohol.

  • 38 year-old Jason Helmick of Colorado was stopped for speeding 89/70, arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

  • 36 year-old Jose Martinez of Darien, Illinois was stopped for a speeding violation, charged with possession of marijuana, and driving on suspended license. 

  • 38 year-old Bravo Saavedra of Miami was arrested and charged with driving on suspended license

  • 32 year-old Kevin Beasley of Perry was arrested and charged with driving on suspended license, failure to maintain insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to apply for a new license within 30 days, and outstanding warrant.

Sheriff Billy Hancock applauds the Traffic Division and their efforts to keep Crisp County safe.

 

 

 

HOT WEATHER IS HERE

Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:
1. Drink Plenty of Liquids
2. Wear Appropriate Clothes
3. Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours
4. Take it Easy
5. Watch the Heat Index
6. Seek Air-conditioned Environments
7. Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness

 

 

Move-Over-Law: Georgia Code, Title 40-6-16.

A. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
B. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary towing or recovery vehicle or a stationary highway maintenance vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a peace officer, proceed as follows:
1. Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the towing, recovery, or highway maintenance vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
2. If a lane change under paragraph (1) of this subsection would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
C . Violation of subsection (a) or (b) of this Code section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.

 

 

 
 

Sheriff Billy Hancock believes in being proactive and keeping the community informed. With these beliefs, we can make Crisp County a better place. Recently, there have been several burglaries around the county. Investigators and Deputies are working diligently to arrest the subjects responsible. This information is not to alarm anyone but to inform the community of what is going on in Crisp County. Any information regarding these burglaries will be welcomed. Information that you feel may not be important may in fact be important to Investigators. If you see something, say something.

 

Sheriff Hancock is seeking the help of the community for information regarding the theft of a 50" Exmark zero turn mower, 5X8 utility trailer and a MTD push mower stolen from Macedonia Church last night. Any information should be reported to Crisp County Sheriff's Office at 229-276-2600 or 911. The photographs below are not the actual items but similar photos.

   
 
 

Sheriff Hancock joins Chad, with Railway Freight and it's employees in providing 2 televisions/monitors to the Crisp County Athletic program. Pictured from left to right are Crisp County High's Head football coach, Shelton Felton, Athletic Director, Bill Pate, Sheriff Billy Hancock, Chad Mullins, Mellisa Boyd and Victoria Payne. Thanks for helping support our youth.

 
 

To give a child a brighter future, please make your tax-deductible gift to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes today.

 

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 08/02/2015