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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 99 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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THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE:  "Concerned Citizens that Care" has organized an annual food drive since 2002. Several businesses have already donated items. This year, the Crisp County Sheriff's Office is providing transportation for families to pick up their Thanksgiving meals. "The Sheriff is going to provide some transportation where some people can come out and pick up their food,” said Johnny Dennis, Concerned Citizens that Care President. "The families that he's able to feed every year, some of them don't have transportation and they get left out because they can't get there to pick up their box or pick up their turkey,” said Sheriff Billy Hancock.  Each family gets a turkey with their meal. You have until November 24th to donate food. Families will pick up their food boxes on November 26th at Lions Club Park in Cordele.

To donate, contact Johnny Dennis at (229) 322-8163.


NEW!  At 1130 Friday night deputies responded to a burglar alarm at Shelia's on Highway 300. Deputies were receiving information while en route from the alarm company that the probability of an intruder was high. Captain Kimbrel and Lieutenant Bush arrived shortly to find the back door had been entered. The building was secured until more help could arrive. Assisted by Worth county units, deputies entered the building and arrested a suspect inside the business. Crisp County Sheriff's Office investigators have charged 19-year-old Jessica Hope Ellis with burglary. She is being held in the Crisp County Detention Center.


NEW!  Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Police Unity Tour want you to know a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 58 hours.  In 2014, to date, 101 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.  This represents a 13% increase from 2013 thus far.  Please be extra cautious when driving and move over when you see public safety at work on the roadways – It’s the law.

Three days after Sheriff Billy Hancock was elected to serve the citizens of Crisp County he actively responded to a citizen's concern and it resulted in the arrest of a local drug offender. November 8, 2014, Sheriff Billy Hancock received a call in reference to drug activity at a local hotel. After surveillance revealed a drug transaction, Sheriff Billy Hancock initiated a traffic stop with the subject on the receiving end of the transaction. Information was obtained leading to the identity of the offender. Sheriff Billy Hancock and Cordele Police Department Officer Herrick arrived at the hotel and approached the offender, 34 year-old George Alvin Black.  Mr. Black exited the doorway of the room and stated that he did not have "any dope." After Sheriff Billy Hancock explained to Mr. Black what he had observed, he admitted to having a "little marijuana." Further investigation revealed that Mr. Black was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, various prescription narcotics, and a .25 caliber Jimenez handgun. George Alvin Black was arrested and is charged with possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III, IV or V controlled substance, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Crisp County Detention Center.  Street value of the drugs seized is approximately $3000.00. Mr. Black is actively on State Probation.  Sheriff Billy Hancock encourages citizens to report any criminal or suspicious activity via the Crisp County Crime Stopper webpage or by calling (229) 276-2600.  Citizens may remain anonymous!


Sheriff Billy Hancock praised a local teller in her efforts that assisted in the recovery of money and helped with the capture of a recent bank robber in Florida.  Sheriff Billy Hancock says bank tellers go through annual training on how to handle a robbery.  "They teach them everything they can about remaining calm, about recognizing their victim so that they can give us a better description after there's been a robbery,” said Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock.  He says its important tellers greet people as they come in and make eye contact.  " You're going to be less likely to go up and present yourself as a robber because now you've been identified or you feel like you've been identified, you feel like you've been singled out,” said Sheriff Hancock.

Wayne Byrd, 61, has a lengthy criminal history which dates back to 1970. A 1991 article printed in the Baltimore Sun details Byrd escaping from the Baltimore City Jail while serving time for committing bank robberies in that area. After his escape he robbed another bank.  He was named as a person of interest in the robbery that occurred at Regions Bank in Cordele Thursday morning and was also identified as the same individual who robbed the Colony Bank in Ashburn within an hour of fleeing Cordele, as well as, other banks in several states.


On November 02, members of the Tri-County Special Response Team assisted the Ashburn Police Department in the successful resolution of a Domestic Crisis which occurred in Ashburn. Joseph D. Saxon, Ashburn Police Chief wrote, “Sheriff Hancock and the brave men and women of Crisp County Sheriff’s Office performed bravely and ensured that the infant children present in the house, along with the other occupants, were safely delivered into the care and custody of Ashburn P.D. While the case remains active, I wanted to express my profound gratitude to Sheriff Hancock and his staff.”  Sheriff Billy Hancock would also like to extend his gratitude to the Tift and Turner County Deputies. Sheriff Hancock said, “It was a great effort from all who were involved. I am very proud of the SRT Team, which is made up of deputies from Turner, Tift and Crisp Counties.”


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