News and Articles

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



Leave a Crime Stopper Tip for Sheriff Hancock



NEW!  Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. Thursday, October 22nd is "Wear Purple Thursday."  Please join us in supporting the fight against domestic violence.

NEW!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.  We wear pink to show our support for those in the fight!

NEW!  Crisp County Sheriff's office was notified today by Crisp County Power that several business's have received phone calls from (818)539-0121. The caller advises that you must pay your power bill immediately over the phone or your service will be disconnected. Sheriff Billy Hancock would like to make citizens aware that this is a SCAM. He warns you to never give out personal information over the phone. In the past, this SCAM has targeted residences. This time it is primarily targeting business accounts. PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS.


NEW!  The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was September 26th.  The aim is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  Sheriff Billy Hancock reports approximately 30 pounds of prescription medications were collected September 26th, bringing the total to over 90 pounds for the year for Cordele and Crisp County.  Thank you to all who supported the collection efforts.


Sheriff Billy Hancock and Cordele Police's Colonel Green are proud of the joint efforts of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and the Cordele Police Department, along with members of the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Corrections, Probation, Parole and the Southwest Georgia Task Force which was represented by Lowndes County Sheriff’s office and Valdosta Police Department.


On September 24, 2015, these agencies came together and conducted and operation that was coordinated by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office targeting members of criminal street gangs. Hancock said, the primary focus of the mission was to target members of the gangs who had outstanding warrants as well at those wanted for probation and parole violations. As a result of the operation six individuals were arrested on outstanding warrants, with a total of nine individuals arrested. The operation also yielded three individuals that were wanted for other agencies that were taken into custody. The following were arrested and charged:


41 year-old Tyrone Blackmon of Cordele, arrested on an outstanding parole warrant, subsequently charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon by convicted felon.

24 year-old Kentavious Riley of Cordele, arrested on an outstanding parole warrant.

25 year-old Gregory Sails of Cordele, arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a schedule V controlled substance.

25 year-old Darius Cobb of Cordele, arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of schedule V controlled substance.

41 year-old Carlos Pridgen of Cordele, arrested and charged with tampering with evidence and loitering.

25 year-old Daron Mann of Cordele, arrested on an outstanding failure to appear warrant and charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

37 year-old Kelcy Smith of Cordele, arrested on an outstanding obstruction of an officer warrant.

31 year-old Johnathan Lawrence of Cordele arrested on an outstanding obstruction of an officer warrant.

39 year-old Jeremy Ward arrested on an outstanding failure to appear warrant and Housed for the Cordele Police Department.


The Cordele-Crisp Chamber of Commerce provided an appreciation dinner for Crisp County Public Safety Workers as a way of giving a big "Thank you" to those who protect Crisp County.  Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMS attended the meal provided through the Cordele-Crisp County Chamber of  Commerce's 23rd annual Public Safety Appreciation Dinner.  "It makes you feel good when you see members of your community come out and support the men and women who work in all aspects of Public Safety,” said Sheriff Billy Hancock.  "You can hear the camaraderie, you can hear the laughter  and the likeness in the atmosphere so it gives these officers, firemen and Public Safety Personnel just a chance to kind of breathe a minute and enjoy themselves.”


Crisp County Sheriff's Office investigators charged 42-year-old Sun Mi Park of Colorado with masturbation for hire after she offered an undercover agent sex for hire.  “A lady that was in charge of the spa we spoke with her and told her that we knew what was going on and we

will be sending agents back  to be sure they're complying with state law,” said Major Jeff Youngblood. 



Crisp County Emergency Management Urges Crisp Residents to Take Action During National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and Crisp County Emergency Management is advising Crisp to get ready for all man-made and natural disasters.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign,
National Preparedness Month was founded after 9/11 to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide.

“National Preparedness Month is an ideal time for all residents to revisit their emergency preparedness efforts,” said Billy Hancock, Director of Crisp County Emergency Management. “By knowing about potential local threats, making a plan and building a kit of emergency supplies, residents can ensure the safety of their families in the event of a disaster.”

Throughout the month, Crisp County Emergency Management and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) Ready Georgia campaign will join a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations, each hosting local events and initiatives designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make an Emergency Plan Today,

One of the focuses for the month is on Hurricanes – Hurricanes don’t have to directly hit Georgia or even be classified as “major” to cause significant damage. Residents may be asked to evacuate, so it’s important to identify several places they could go in an emergency and familiarize themselves with local evacuation routes.

Sheriff Hancock has provided Hurricane Awareness pamphlets to the local insurance agencies for distribution to the citizens of Crisp County. These pamphlets provide information on Hurricane preparedness as well as tips on what you as citizens may need to know. Please see your local insurance agent for a copy or contact Crisp County Emergency Management for a copy.


Crisp County Emergency Management has recently been awarded a grant for $25,000 to upgrade the Mobile Command Vehicle that was previously purchased with Federal grant funds in 2005. The grant comes from the State of Georgia through the Homeland Security Grant Program. The monies will assist in upgrading the equipment on the Mobile Command Vehicle which is utilized throughout Crisp County and Southwest Georgia to assist public safety with their efforts on large scale events.

Sheriff Billy Hancock says, “I am happy that the State of Georgia chose our project to fund. These type of grants assist us in keeping up to date with our equipment while keeping costs down for our local citizens. ”

Crisp County Emergency Management also recently received a check for $11,953 .00 to cover the costs of radio communications that have been put in place to allow Crisp County to communicate with surrounding counties. Due to different types of radio systems, Crisp County was unable to communicate with some of the surrounding agencies. At any given time, these agencies may call on each other for assistance. With the assistance of the funds provided in the grant by the State of Georgia through Georgia Emergency Management, the equipment is now providing the opportunity for agencies to communicate and assist each other.


Crisp County Sheriff's deputies recently responded to two vehicle burglaries on east 31st Ave. Entry was made into both vehicles by breaking the windows out and valuables were taken. Sheriff Billy Hancock wants to remind the citizens to not only lock your vehicle but to keep valuables out of sight or remove them completely from your vehicle. Also if you see any type of suspicious activity please call 911.


On September 11th the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on 702 West 23rd Avenue, Cordele, after a two-month investigation by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

During the investigation, agents and deputies received information that possible marijuana deliveries were being made to the residence using the United States Postal Service. Surveillance was then performed on the residence for a period of time. As the investigation progressed agents were able to determine when a large amount of marijuana was scheduled for delivery to the residence by information received from the United States Postal Inspectors Service. Once this information was obtained the search warrant was served.

During the search of the residence agents discovered approximately 10 pounds of suspected marijuana, $985.00 in cash and digitals scales. At the residence when the warrant was served was 27 year-old Dontavious Harvey who was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

The investigation is ongoing, with possible additional charges on the suspect and more arrests on other individuals forthcoming. Anyone with information relating to this case is encouraged to call the Crisp County Sheriff's Office at 229-276-2600 or the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force at 229-273-0210.


CODE RED is an automated system that allows you to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. Click Here to Sign-Up To learn about the CODE RED Mobile App Click Here.



Click Here for more News and Articles




                                                                                                                         (c) 2015 Crisp County Sheriff's Office
All rights reserved worldwide.
No portion of this website may be copied or stored
without written permission.