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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!  Mid South Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at 601 B 6th Ave East. 18 ounces of marijuana, MDMA, $1.457.00 and a stolen handgun was located. Carlos Octavious Waters was arrested and charged.


NEW!  Sheriff Billy Hancock was the guest speaker at Crisp County Elementary School. Sheriff Hancock shared the dangers of bullying and information on what to do if you are bullied.


NEW!  Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Crisp County Sheriff's Office gave county leaders a chance Thursday to experience some of the tense situations law enforcers face. They went through simulated emergencies and had to make split second decisions that could mean the difference between life or death in a real emergency.



NEW!  According to Sheriff Billy Hancock, on January 19, 2015, Deputy Kenny Purvis stopped the driver of a 2003 Chevy Aveo for a traffic violation. After the initial roadside interview it was determined that the driver, 31 year old Amber Bevens of Arkansas was driving under the influence and was in possession of marijuana and other narcotics. Bevens admitted to Purvis that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, in the vehicle, where her 2 year old child was asleep. She and her daughter were transported to the Crisp County Law Enforcement Center where they waited until family could arrive to take custody of the child. Amber Bevens is charged with DUI, Possession of Marijuana less than an ounce and Possession of a controlled substance. She remains in custody at the Crisp County Detention Center where she awaits a bond hearing.


NEW!  Sheriff Hancock would like to remind everyone to please lock your vehicles when they are unattended. Remove valuables from vehicle and move other items out of sight. Many vehicles that are entered are either unlocked or have items visible from the windows. Taking these small measures will deter criminals from entering your car. If you see anyone wandering around vehicles, please call 911 so these people can be identified.


In July 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a national "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign – a simple and effective program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.

The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign underscores the concept that homeland security begins with hometown security. An alert public plays a critical role in keeping our nation safe. Strengthening hometown security involves creating partnerships across numerous states as well as the private sector.

Would you like to be able to help local law enforcement keep you, your family, and your community safe?  Sheriff Hancock and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office are preparing just that opportunity. We know it’s important for citizens to be able to report information to local law enforcement and with the “see it, say it” campaign you will be able to do so. Sheriff Hancock wants citizens to feel safe to report anything they see that is suspicious or should be checked out. A new number available for receiving text messages and voice messages will be announced soon, allowing our citizens the opportunity to “Say something” when they “See something” while still remaining anonymous if you choose. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.

Thank you for letting us come speak at the elementary school!

We would like to say a BIG thank you to Sheriff Hancock and

Deputy Al Thompson for coming and talking about the importance

of law enforcement officers. Students were encouraged to wear blue today in honor of law enforcement appreciation day!



"We are saddened by the recent passing of two men who have influenced the lives of

many in our local community.  We are often reminded that influence cannot be buried but will

be around years after one has departed this life.  As we go forward, memories will return to

each of us regarding the Honorable Sheriff Peavy and Judge Forrester.  Each leaves behind a

legacy of caring for others and doing things that made our communities and the people in

them better. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to know and work with both

men and even more so to call them friend.  My prayers are with their families.  To both of my

 friends, I this world is a better place because of the lives you touched."  -  Sheriff Billy Hancock


Sheriff Billy Hancock and staff welcomes Major Joey Arzola to the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office family. Major Arzola comes to us from Virginia with a wealth of experience.  A dedicated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Major Arzola has an extensive background in military and law enforcement service. Following his military service, Major Arzola began his law enforcement career in Virginia.  His career advanced him through the ranks from patrol officer, to the Street Crimes Unit, SWAT, Narcotics and Gang Suppression Units, and Major Arzola was ultimately selected to serve on the FBI Task Force, dealing with violent crimes and gangs. Major Arzola is actively involved with the children and youth in his community. He enjoys spending his time educating them about the dangers of drugs and gangs. Sheriff Hancock believes Major Arzola is a huge asset to the Crisp County Sheriff's Office and to the Crisp County community.  We are proud to have him aboard.


On Friday, January 2nd, at approximately 9:30 PM, Sheriff Billy Hancock stopped a white Buick Electra for failure to dim headlights and loud music on 7th Street in Cordele.  The driver was identified as 24 year old Gregory Odom of Cordele.  Once Odom exited the vehicle, Sheriff Hancock noticed a large bulge in his pockets.  Sheriff Hancock asked Odom about the bulge and Odom pulled currency from his pockets. While removing the currency a small bag was seen in his pocket.  Sheriff Hancock asked what the plastic bag was and Odom stated that it was marijuana.  Odom was arrested for the marijuana and a search of the vehicle incident to arrest produced a large bag of marijuana, five small bags of marijuana, plastic bags and scales.  Odom was transported to the Crisp County Detention Center and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.


  Traffic Stop Leads to Stolen Guns.  Deputy Kenny Purvis stopped 22 year old Robert Wade of Covington for going 86 mph on I-75.  After talking with him, something seemed off, so he searched the car, and found the rifle and handgun in the trunk of the Chrysler Sebring. They were both stolen from a gun shop in Fort Myers, Florida.  Brandon Faust, a 26 year old passenger of Fort Myers, and 19 year old Dondre Ramey of Covington were also arrested. They are both charged with altering a serial number on the handgun, and bringing stolen property into the state.  No one admitted to stealing the weapons.

Crisp County Sheriff's Office Deputy Terminated After Trespassing/Hunting at Night.  Sheriff Billy Hancock issued this release Monday morning:


Former Crisp County Sheriff's Deputy David Smith was arrested, January 3rd, after a citizen reported trespassers on his property. A farmer, located in the south part of Crisp County, called the Sheriff's Office when the property owner saw unknown subjects on his property. At the time of the call, the suspects' identity was not known. Sheriff Hancock advised that his deputies called the Department of Natural Resources to respond because of the likely hood that the call involved night hunters.  DNR responded and, with the use of a K-9, located Smith lying in the field. Smith was dressed in a camouflage suit designed for making it difficult to see him in the dark. After Smith was taken into custody, Rangers located a deer that had been shot in close proximity of where Smith was located.



David Smith is charged with hunting deer at night, hunting under the influence of alcohol, hunting from a public road, hunting from a motor vehicle and hunting without permission. Smith's employment with the Sheriff's Office has been terminated. Sheriff Hancock stated Smith was a good deputy and had performed his duties according to policy. He was dependable and was a hard worker. “I am surprised and disappointed by his actions.”  Smith had been with the Sheriff's Office for four years.  Sheriff Hancock says that it is unfortunate that this incident occurred but states there is no place in law enforcement for those who do not obey the laws they are sworn to uphold.  Also charged in this incident was Holly Butterworth, 34 years old, of Cordele, GA. Her charges include hunting deer at night, hunting from a public road, hunting from a motor vehicle and hunting without permission. This case remains under investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.


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