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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 101 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, 14 communications 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!  On February 5, 2016, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on the residence of Carlos Octavious Waters, located at 608 North 5th Street Cordele.


The investigation of Waters started when agents received information from citizens concerning the amount of traffic coming and going from the residence. Surveillance was begun on the residence along with other investigative techniques. Eventually task force agents and deputies obtained enough information to apply for and receive a search warrant.


When the search warrant was served Carlos Waters, a female, and an infant were present at the residence. Once the residence was secured by law enforcement, a search began. Agents and deputies recovered eleven plastic bags of a high-potency marijuana referred to as "Loud" or "Hydro" with a total approximate weight of eleven ounces valued at $3,000.00. Digital scales, packaging material utilized to package the marijuana with to sell, and $1,525.00 in cash was also seized.


Waters was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and is currently being held at the Crisp County Detention Center. During the time of his arrest Waters was out on bond from previous drug charges made against him in 2015.





• You have overdue utilities. You need to pay now or we will shut off your utilities.
• Scammers ask for money transfers via debit cards.
• Your son/grandson or daughter/granddaughter got into a car accident.
• A friend or family member requests money for emergency.
• A friend or family is stuck in another country and is trying to get home. Send money

• Monitor your incoming calls carefully.
• DO NOT pick up calls from unknown numbers or callers. If the information is important or urgent, the callers will probably leave a voicemail or find another way to contact you.
• Notify family members to determine if an emergency exists.
• Never give out your personal information (example: credit card numbers, social security numbers, birth dates)
• Please be cautious if you decide to call the caller back. Some scams are designed to bill victims for international calls (typically a $19.95 charge).
• DO NOT send cash and DO NOT wire money until you verify the information.
• The scammer will ask you to buy a prepaid debit card and ask you for the code on back of the card. DO NOT give them that information.


Local Cub Scouts came to the Sheriff's Office to learn about weather, finger prints, and other "stuff". They are our future leaders. Thanks to all CCSO members who helped.


Sheriff Billy Hancock exchanged challenge coins with "THE CRIME FIGHTER" Sheriff Victor Hill at the Crisp County Sheriff's Office.


Captain Denise Youngblood and Sgt. Michael Fraser taught a self defense class this week at Destiny Fitness. Shown are the ladies that participated.


NEW!  The Public Firearms Familiarization Class on Thursday, January 28th, has reached maximum enrollment.  Please check back for future classes to be announced.


On January 11, 2016, at approximately 5:00am, E911 notified Crisp County Sheriff’s deputies of a security inspection possible armed robbery after receiving a call about an encounter on Farmers Market Road. The caller managed to follow the vehicle from Farmer’s Market Road to Pecan Street and 22nd Avenue where Cordele Police Department were able to stop the vehicle. The traffic stop yielded two weapons, an assault rifle and a pellet gun. Deputies transported four suspects from the stop location to the Crisp County Sheriff’s office and Sgt. Bray began his investigation. After multiple interviews it was determined that 18 year old Cameron Buffington and 19 year old Thomas Souter attempted to rob at gun point 28 year old Michael Newell, 29 year old Garhardt Bittner and 28 year old Ann Clifton all of Cordele, after the parties met for unknown reasons. Both Buffington and Souter are charged with Aggravated Assault with the intent to rob. Also charged with party to the crime are 18 year old Justin Gloss and 17 year old Brandon Lee as the two passengers in the vehicle and had prior knowledge of the crime.



Sgt Fraser recently spoke to a Neighborhood Watch group. Call Capt Cathy Childs or Sgt Michael Fraser at (229) 276-2600 if you have an interest in neighborhood watch. 


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The police alone cannot achieve crime prevention. Together professional law enforcement officers must work hand-in-hand with the public to fight crime and neighborhood disorder throughout our communities. As such, we depend heavily on your assistance in reporting crimes to law enforcement. The following numbers are provided for your use and convenience....


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To provide anonymous tips, text CRIMES to (229) 322-8891 on your cell phone, visit our Crime Stopper Page, or call us (229) 276-2600.


On Wednesday, December 28, 2015, while assisting Cordele Police Department responding to an armed robbery of the CVS on 16th Avenue in Cordele, Sheriff Billy Hancock encountered a white Chevrolet Malibu operating in a suspicious manner. A chase ensued as Sheriff Billy Hancock attempted to stop the vehicle. After several twists and turns the driver of the vehicle jumped from the vehicle, which came to a rest against a utility pole. The suspect fled on foot, leaving the bag he was in possession of on the porch of a residence. Sheriff Billy Hancock was able to recover the bag, but he lost sight of the suspect. After further investigation, it was determined that the driver was 35 year-old Quirion Coley of Vienna, Georgia. Coley has been charged with possession of marijuana (less than an ounce), Trafficking MDMA and Trafficking Cocaine.  $4000 cash money was also recovered in a sealed bag. He is detained at the Crisp County Law Enforcement Center.






The Blue Line symbol is a representation of the officers who

have given their life in the line of duty and those who serve today.

2015 Line of Duty Deaths: 129
9/11 related illness: 6
Accidental: 2
Aircraft accident: 1
Assault: 3
Automobile accident: 28
Bomb: 6
Duty related illness: 2
Fall: 1
Gunfire: 39
Gunfire (Accidental): 2
Heart attack: 18
Motorcycle accident: 4
Struck by vehicle: 5
Vehicle pursuit: 5
Vehicular assault: 7






In a proactive approach to recent activities inside the City Limits of Cordele, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office will be reallocating manpower to assist the Officers in an effort to deter recent criminal activity. In the coming days we will be assisted by State agencies with the same goal in mind. We have discussed this plan with District Attorney, Denise Fachini, who met with Interim Police Chief Louis Green last week.

We want the citizens to be fully aware of our targeted actions. The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing our citizens the safety and security that they deserve. This will be a zero-tolerance approach, and all those whom law enforcement come in contact with violating the law will be charged.


See Something, Say Something results in marijuana bust. Concerned citizens are becoming more vocal about drug activity in their community. As a result, 26 year-old Darryl Dequan Taylor was arrested and is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana within 1000ft of a housing project. Today, December 30, 2015, Taylor was found to be in possession of approximately 4 ounces of marijuana that was packaged to sell.


On December 19th, Subway in Cordele was robbed and on December 20th, Cordele's O’Reilly’s Auto Parts was robbed. Captain Denise Youngblood, Chief Investigator for the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, received information from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding armed robberies of Subway and Dollar General Stores in Hernando County, Florida. On Christmas Eve, following up on the information Captain Youngblood received, Sheriff Billy Hancock worked in conjunction with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Florida authorities shared information, pertaining to their robberies in comparison to the robberies in Cordele. Similarities of the robberies were significant enough that Sheriff Billy Hancock spent Christmas Day comparing surveillance video obtained from the robberies. On Tuesday, December 23rd, authorities in Brooksville, Florida responded to a frantic 911 call from an employee at the Dollar General in Ridge Manor West stating that they had been robbed at gunpoint. A pursuit with authorities ensued with the suspects. One of the suspects was apprehended without incident, however the second suspect was shot and killed by law enforcement. Sheriff Billy Hancock confidently announces the suspect that was shot, 29 year-old Michael Hilber was in fact the armed robber involved in the robberies of Subway and O’Reilly’s earlier in December. Captain Youngblood continued the investigation and was able to obtain positive identification of the individual by both victims. Additionally, Detective Ketorie Sales with the Cordele Police Department confirms the vehicle and clothing recovered by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office matches the description provided at the time of the incident.


Sheriff Billy Hancock wants you to know the season for thieves has arrived.  With many "new" items in your home from Christmas, this is a great time to update your home inventory.  Please use the provided form to document your items in the event your home is the target of a burglary. Help us help you by taking a few minutes to fill the form out and keep it in a safe place.  Click Here for the Crisp County Sheriff's Office Home Inventory Form ("Save Link As" will allow you to save it as a .pdf document on your computer).



FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule - As Christmas approaches, we know Drones will be very popular this year.  The FAA now requires registration for all UAS.

Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft.  Under this rule, any owner of a small unmanned aircraft (UAS) who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system.  Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.  Owners may register through a web-based system at


Sheriff Billy Hancock and his staff are concerned for the safety of the children in Crisp County.

Crisp County Deputies spoke at Crisp County Primary School about bike safety Friday. They covered the importance of helmet use, hand signals, and warned them of the dangerous of unsafe bike riding.

Crisp County Primary School Principal Mike Parker said it's good for the students to see the officers face-to-face to help kids understand that police care about them and their safety.

The Crisp County Sheriff's Office will give away a bike to one student in each class at the primary school next week.


A 16-year old juvenile has been arrested in connection with a string of thefts from entering automobiles around Cedar Lake Subdivision and District Line Road in the county as well as 8-10 others reported in the city limits.

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office and Cordele Police Department worked together on the investigation.
The juvenile, whose name cannot be released due to age, is charged with Criminal Damage to Property and Attempt to Commit Entering Auto.

Three other suspects are currently being held on unrelated charges, which could be connected to the crimes. Sheriff Billy Hancock said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be forthcoming.
During the investigation multiple stolen items were recovered including firearms, car stereos, and tools. Citizens should exercise caution when purchasing items, especially firearms.

If you believe that you may be in possession of a stolen firearm bring it in to the Sheriff’s Office.  It could prevent you from being charged with receiving stolen property.


Sheriff Hancock is asking the you be vigilant in checking your surroundings. PLEASE lock your vehicles at night and take your valuables inside. Last week we had an incident where four (4) unknown subjects were under a carport on Royal Road and last night we had reports of criminal trespass in the Cedar Lake Subdivision. Communicate with your neighbors and report any suspicious activity. If you see something, say something! Call 911 immediately.


Sheriff Billy Hancock announced November 25th they arrested three men in the case of a man who was killed in a home invasion over the weekend.  Officials arrested Harold Brown, 46, John Dunlap, 32, on Tuesday, and Christopher Rawls, 27 Wednesday morning.  All three men face charges of murder, malice murder, and charges for home invasion, kidnapping, and assault are coming soon. 

Sheriff Billy Hancock says two masked men showed up at Geoffrey Jones' home on Old Penia Road around 1:30 Sunday morning, and planned to rob him. He also said the three knew each before the shooting.  When Jones arrived, the three men got into an argument. That's when the two masked men shot at Jones and killed him.  The men are in jail less than 72 hours after investigators say they showed up at this home on Old Penia Road intending to rob Jones.

Investigators have been working non-stop since 1:30 Sunday morning.  "I'm thankful for this country I live in, my God, and I am thankful for these [investigators]," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.  More than a half dozen agencies have assisted in the murder investigation.  "Interviews Monday night led us to some people that we wanted to question yesterday, which led late yesterday afternoon to the district attorney's office helping us prepare murder warrants, malice murder warrants, for 3 individuals," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.  "We could not have done it without everybody working together as a team--dropping any particular uniform or badge, but just becoming United as one," said Sheriff Billy Hancock. 

Dunlap and Brown were caught Tuesday at their home in Cordele. Rawls was caught this morning after a short foot chase in Dooly County.  "Rawls and Brown actually lived together in a house here in Cordele. Dunlap was a neighbor and a close friend. They all had some relationship sort of hustling on the streets," said GBI Agent Rhett Moore.  Agents processed the car today. They say Dunlap was driving as he dropped off Rawls and Brown. They're accused of going inside to rob Jones, agents are unsure of their relationship with him.  "We're not sure exactly if they had a close relationship, but they knew of him," said Moore.

The investigation is far from over. "I can assure you that there's probably going to be more arrests. There are people in this community who have hidden, who have given rides to, and possibly tampered with evidence," said Sheriff Billy Hancock.  Jones’s girlfriend and another friend were home at the time of the shooting and possibly witnessed it.  Sheriff Billy Hancock adds that it's time for folks in the community to stand up. He urges you to call his office if you know anyone who assisted in covering up this crime or had knowledge that they withheld.  The three suspects have not appeared before a judge yet. 

The sheriff's office was assisted by the GBI, the District Attorney’s office, Community Supervision, Georgia State Patrol, US Marshals, Cordele Police Department and the FBI.


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