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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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NEW!  Due to the gang murder trial, high priority court cases and other incidents, deputies have been patrolling the incorporated city limits of Cordele for the last few weeks. During this time, we saw positive results and an increase in arrests, citations and positive feedback from our community. As of today deputies have returned to their full zone patrols within the county. As a result two have been arrested for drug charges and transported to the Crisp County Detention Center. Arrested was 43 year old Franklin Stovall of Winter Park, Florida and 38 year old Michael Krause of Atlanta, Ga. Stovall is charged with traffic violations and possession of marijuana less than an ounce. Krause is charged with traffic violations, DUI and possession of marijuana less than an ounce. Sheriff Billy Hancock is honored to serve all the citizens of Crisp County.


NEW!  Deputies responded to 197 Allison Road last night and immediately began looking for a missing 7 year old child. Within minutes over 10 deputies and investigators had left their churches and homes in search of the child. Crisp County Fire Rescue was assisting with the search when 911 received a call about a child being found at a residence on Hwy 41, approximately one mile from the missing child's residence. It was confirmed that it was in fact the child that was reported missing. He was returned safely to his home within 30 minutes of being reported missing. Sheriff Hancock thanks his staff, including 911 operators for quick, accurate information and Crisp County Fire Rescue for their quick response and dedication to the community.


NEW!  Rodney Chappell, Pastor at New Covenant Assembly of God brought boxes of granola bars and Gatorade for the deputies today as a token of appreciation to Law Enforcement. We are thankful for their thoughtfulness.


NEW!  On Friday, August 28, 2015 deputies were conducting security checks on businesses on 16th Avenue inside the city limits of Cordele. At the car wash in the 300 block of 16th Avenue, deputies noticed 3 males looking in a black bag. As officer Duckworth approached the men, he noticed one had a blunt in his hand that contained marijuana. Deputy Purvis assisted Deputy Duckworth in identifying the males and the contents of the black bag. The bag contained over 4 ounces of marijuana packaged in sandwich bags. All three suspects were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with the intent to distribute. Arrested were 31 year old Marcus Marshall, 45 year old James Brown and 32 year old Christopher Pratt all of Cordele. Pratt’s stated that his vehicle was being washed and that it had a gun in it. Incident to the arrest, deputies took possession of the gun and allowed his mother to take possession of the vehicle.


On August 27, 2015, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, and the Cordele Probation Department served arrest warrants on various individuals in Crisp County for distributing illegal narcotics, The operation began with information received as part of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.

During the operations Crisp County deputies and agents with the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force targeted local drug distributors making undercover purchases of methamphetamine, cocaine and hydrocodone.

Deputies and agents started serving arrest warrants Thursday night on the defendants of various drug charges. The defendants arrested so far are thirty-nine year old Arthur Starnes, charged with three counts of selling hydrocodone a scheduled II narcotic, twenty-six year old Jennifer Shorter, charged with sale of methamphetamine, twenty-six year old Morgan Griffin, charged with two counts of selling methamphetamine, and forty-one year old Albert Middlebrooks, Jr., charged with sale of cocaine. More arrests will be made in this operation.

When he was elected Sheriff of Crisp County, Sheriff Billy Hancock made a commitment to help keep Crisp County safe. This operation is just part of the many initiatives this agency has started to return our county to its law-abiding citizens.


Sheriff Billy Hancock was invited to visit Crisp County Primary School Friday. Students were learning about heroes and what it meant to be a hero. Second grader Ty Walker told his teacher that Sheriff Billy Hancock was his Hero. In discussing his reasons why he chose the Sheriff as his hero, it was evident that he knew Sheriff Hancock and he wasn't just a name to him. He spoke about things that the sheriff has done to keep our community safer, what vehicle the sheriff drives and that he knew that he cared about the children in our community. It was quite the surprise when Sheriff Hancock visited the students in the class and brought Ty to the front to shake hands with him. The other students were super excited as the sheriff gave each a pencil. Needless to say, there were lots of smiles. Sheriff Hancock thanks the teachers for their continued support in teaching decision making and character building skills on a daily basis. It is great to be a Crisp County Cougar!!!


On Friday, August 21, 2015 at approximately 9:30 pm in the area of 3rd Street, Sgt. Ben Sumner stopped the driver of a grey Toyota. Thirty year old Thad Howell of Pitts, Georgia was the driver. He was stopped for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce and Possession of Oxycodone. The passenger, thirty five year old Katrina Hodges was also arrested and charged with Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.


Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office wish to thank MBM of Cordele for the purchase of investigative equipment donated to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Billy Hancock believes it takes cooperation from the community to effectively enforce the laws and keep Crisp County safe.


On August 21, 2015 at approximately 4:40 p.m. Crisp County Detention officers notified other staff members that an attempted suicide had taken place. Deputies responded to the cell where Mr. Wallace was discovered hanging by a bed sheet around his neck. Mr. Wallace was lowered, then the bed sheet was removed. Life saving measures were begun by Crisp County Sheriff’s Office staff. Crisp County Fire Rescue and Crisp County EMS Personnel arrived shortly thereafter, where they took over life saving measures. Mr. Wallace was transported to Crisp Regional Hospital where he is receiving treatment. Sheriff Billy Hancock has requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident. Mr. Wallace was in a cell by himself when the incident occurred. Mr. Wallace was currently serving a 90-day probation sentence.


Warrants have been secured for 30 year old Brandon Balam of Pineview, GA for obstruction of law enforcement officers after he led officers on a chase yesterday. He is also wanted for Wilcox county for a felony Probation Violation and Aggravated Assault. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact either the Crisp County or Wilcox County Sheriff's office.


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