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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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Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May that honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. It unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

Memorial Day may mean just a day off to some, but to others, it marks a day of reflection, remembrance, and memorial.  What does Memorial Day mean to me?  It means we should stop and think about the sacrifices men and women have given to make this world a safer place for someone else, not just on Memorial Day, but every day. We should continue each day to Thank God for the freedom we have and pray for continued healing of hearts that peace may abound everywhere. I personally thank each of you who have served for my freedom and right to live in a free country.


Sheriff Billy Hancock


Sheriff Billy Hancock reminds all Crisp County residents and store owners that buying alcohol for and selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal.  He and his staff will enforce this law. Sheriff Billy Hancock believes these laws are in place to protect young adults and they will be enforced by his staff. Sheriff Billy Hancock will have undercover officers and underage adults in and out of the stores in Crisp County to confirm that store owners are abiding by the law. Any store found in violations of the law will be shut down and arrests will be made. Please let’s work together as a community to keep our young adults safe not only during this pivotal moment in their lives but throughout their young adult life. Sheriff Billy Hancock wants to keep our children safe.



Sheriff Billy Hancock and the Crisp County Sheriff's Office staff expressed appreciation to the Wrecker Driver's of Crisp County by providing them with a tasty meal. We appreciate their hard work!



On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 20,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Yesterday, Crisp County Sheriff Hancock, Cordele Police Chief Hooper, Georgia State Patrol SGT. Posey honored those law enforcement officers that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our community. Pastor Ray Sullivan of First Baptist Church Cordele spoke and prayed. During this time the flags were lowered to half-mast to honor those fallen officers.




Sheriff Billy Hancock welcomed officers from across Georgia to Crisp County last week for a class presented by the FBI and the Department of Justice titled "The Color of Law", 21st Century Policing.  The Crisp County Sheriff's Office reached out to the FBI and the Department of Justice for this training session. It's being held for just the second time in the United States.


Crisp County Sheriff's Office Major Joseph Arzola reported, "What can we do to be better? What can we do to provide a better service to the community? That's where the training class comes in. We want to take a proactive approach to bridging the gap with the community and working with the communityThe first step in doing that is figuring out the best way to interact with citizens--ones obeying the law, but even more importantly, those breaking it. With that, the class itself teaches you about civil rights, what you can and can't do, excessive force issues, which seems to be a major trend across the United States."


"It helps bridge gaps, keeps you checking your policies and procedures, to see if there's any changes that may need to be changed to better the department and the community in which we serve," said Major Robert Grabowski with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.


"We're here to try to show the public that we're here for what's right," said Colonel Lonnie Haugabrook with the Dooly County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcers are hopeful it will prevent negative encounters here in South Georgia. Sheriff Billy Hancock hopes to have this class again in the future.  Around 60 officers from police departments, sheriff's offices, and state departments were in attendance.




Sheriff Hancock spent some time this week showing the teachers in the Crisp County School System his appreciation for all they do. He delivered candy filled tumblers to each teacher and para-pro within the county school system. Sheriff Hancock and his staff appreciate all teachers!


To give a child a brighter future, please make your tax-deductible gift to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes today.


A recent storm passed through Crisp County and left numerous trees and power lines down. Sheriff Hancock and Deputies worked diligently checking roads to make sure they were passable. Crisp County Power and Crisp Fire Rescue crews worked throughout the night and for several days following to restore power and keep residents safe.  Sheriff Billy Hancock thanks all of the emergency responders for their dedication.


Even though it comes every year, the budget process is always a stressful time of year. Sheriff Billy Hancock has studied and gathered information, sharing it with the Command Staff in hopes of working together so that everyone plays a vital role in the decision-making process in which our budget is set. "I am honored to have such a committed staff."  We have tweaked where we could and revisited different areas and I am pleased that it has been reviewed and submitted.


Last week was a very emotional week for the Crisp County Sheriff's Office. Our receptionist, Cherell, was hospitalized.  Many of you know Cherell, the smiling face that welcomes you to the office every time you enter. She is doing great and we expect her to make a full recovery and return to work very soon.  We also said farewell to two deputies, Isaiha Walker and George Camp. Walker is returning to his home town of Vienna and will be working with the Dooly County Sheriff’s office. His family recently suffered a loss which will require Isaiha to help raise his sister’s children. Deputy Camp is putting down the badge and returning to his home town to work with Coca-Cola. Both of the deputies will be missed.  However, family must come first! We are sad, but excited for them.  

Additionally, Crisp County Sheriff's deputies spotted the vehicle driven by the triple homicide suspect from Sumter County in Crisp County on Tuesday. A chase ensued and ended with the driver attempting to take his life by a self -inflicted gunshot wound. Even though we never know what each day holds and we have no guarantees in returning home each day. Tuesday was a very surreal day for the agency. We invited Ray Sullivan, Pastor at FBC Cordele to a debriefing on Thursday. We shared in prayer and took a few minutes to view the day in retrospect. Please keep our agency in your prayers.


Sheriff Billy Hancock and LT Miller brief GBI and Americus Police Department about the events that occurred Tuesday.
SFC Bray and Investigator Eason were traveling from the courthouse this morning when

SFC. Bray spotted the vehicle that matched the description of the suspect involved in a triple homicide in Americus. Bray and Eason attempted to stop the vehicle after confirming the tag number. The driver refused to stop and led deputies on a chase through the city limits of Cordele where Cordele Police Department, Cpl. Kris Herrick assisted. The driver of the vehicle then got stuck in a field. Officers gave verbal commands which he refused to comply. Officers heard a single gun shot from inside the vehicle. Officers then approached the vehicle and discovered the suspect had a self inflicted gun shot wound. Officers attempted to render aid. EMS arrived and transported him to Crisp Regional Hospital. He was later transported to another hospital. GBI responded to process the scene and to conduct interviews.


See Something, Say Something campaign leads to an arrest. On Thursday, April 16, 2015 Agents with the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force received a tip that there was illegal drug activity at a specific room at the Quality Inn at 1601 East 16th Ave. Hancock States that officers decided to approach the room and do what is commonly known as a “knock and talk.” Once officers spoke to the occupant of the room they gained consent to search. As a result, 35 year old Shelly Stillwell was arrested and was found to be in possession of 5 grams of Methamphetamine and Hydrocodone. Stillwell was arrested and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Hydrocodone. She is being held at the Crisp County Detention Center. Hancock encourages citizens to continue using the tip line.


The Cougar baseball team honored Sheriff Donnie Haralson and Lieutenant Michael Sangster on April 13th, both who died of cancer.  Sheriff Billy Hancock is grateful for the department's relationship with the team.  He said dealing with the loss of those two respected officers is still tough. "It brings up a lot of emotions. But, you swallow those emotions and you go through the ceremony and you honor two great people that have served this community."  Haralson's wife Peggy and Sangster's son Caleb helped throw out the first pitch.  Haralson served 37-years in law enforcement, 26 as the Crisp County Sheriff.  Sangster worked in law enforcement for 12-years.


Sheriff Hancock and Crisp County Recreation Director Eric Bozeman oversee the painting of the Willie Pickens pool building by Crisp County Work Detail Inmates. Sprucing up the community!


National Telecommunications Week was April 12-18. 

Sheriff Billy Hancock wishes to thank all of the Crisp County 911 Dispatchers. We appreciate our dispatchers!


Sheriff Billy Hancock, listening to the citizens in our community requesting more patrols because of recent criminal activity of entering autos has responded. Members of the Sheriff’s office, including Hancock have rearranged schedules in order to provide increased patrol during the hours of 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. As a result, within a week deputies have made 3 felony drug arrests, recovered a stolen Polaris that was stolen from Leslie, Georgia before the owner realized that it had been taken and recovered a stolen weapon.  

In addition, officers from Cordele Police Department and Pardons and Parole have worked in conjunction with the investigative division of the Crisp County Sheriff’s office resulting in securing warrants for 19 year old Christopher Bagley on 10 counts of entering autos, a Parole warrant, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property and They by Taking. His arrest came within 7 days of the reported break ins in the Lakeview and Wiley Acre Subdivisions. Hancock is pleased with the efforts of the agencies and believes that more charges will be forthcoming against Bagley for the car break ins within the city of Cordele. Items found at the time of arrest were from numerous autos entered in both the city and county. City Detective Roufs came to the sheriff’s office and participated in the interview with sheriff investigators. Hancock knows that each day brings a new task but is committed to facing them all with news ideas and determination. He applauds the deputies who have worked recently during the night hours for a greater enforcement presence.


On April 1st, 2015 at approximately 2:00 AM, Deputy Justin Childs was patrolling the area of Hwy 280 and Penia Road when he noticed a green sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Childs caught up with the vehicle and noticed that the tag light was not operable and was difficult to read. Deputy Childs performed a traffic stop on the vehicle. A warrant check of the occupants in the vehicle revealed an active warrant on the passenger, white male Joshua Bowen for Theft by Receiving Stolen Property. Bowen was searched incident to arrest and deputies found marijuana and methamphetamine on his person. Joshua Bowen was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Schedule 1 controlled Substance.


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