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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.




Sheriff Billy Hancock

Crisp County, Georgia



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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.





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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