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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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October 16, 2014, at approximately 12:35 p.m., a small single-engine plane taking off from the Cordele Airport crashed.
According to Sheriff Billy Hancock, a group of four planes had landed at the Cordele Airport en route to an air show in Rome, GA. After refueling they were to head north to complete their journey.

An Aeronca Champ, owned and piloted by Rene’ St. Julien (61) from Port St. Lucie, FL attempted a takeoff to the West when for unknown reasons the airplane went down. Cordele Fire Department, Crisp Fire Rescue and members of Crisp County EMS responded, along with deputies and Cordele Police Department officers. Upon arrival first responders learned the plane was occupied by two people, Mr. St. Julien and his wife, Jan (65). She was extricated from the plane and flown to Macon Medical Center by Air Evac, which is based at the Cordele Airport. Mr. Julien was killed instantly in the crash.

Sheriff Billy Hancock talked to members of the FAA and NTSB, who will investigate the crash. FAA representatives were on the scene this afternoon and will return in the morning. Deputies from Crisp County have secured the scene and will remain on the scene throughout the night.

Sheriff Billy Hancock credited the quick response of the Fire personnel, Paramedics of Both Air Evac and Crisp County for saving Mrs. St. Julien’s life. "They never hesitated to do their job even with the leaking of fuel on them and around them from the plane," said Hancock.
The other planes that had taken off returned and landed at the Airport moments after the crash.


Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock announces the arrest of the person responsible for assaulting and robbing a Cordele business owner Friday night, October 10, 2014.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, at approximately 9:24 am, Crisp County Deputies and Emergency Medical Services personnel were dispatched to the 2900 block of Blackshear Road where a severally injured male had been found lying in the road ditch by hunters. The male was air lifted to a regional hospital. Investigation identified the male victim as Eugene Thomas Dennard, 70 years of age, of Vienna, Georgia. Mr. Dennard owns Dennard Services and The Exchange Mart both located in Cordele. Deputies and Investigators from the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, along with Crime Scene Specialists with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, worked thru out the day and night on multiple scenes and leads. Crisp County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Dooly County Sheriff’s Office and detectives with the Cordele Police Department.
The investigation led to the arrest of an employee of the victim’s, Willie Telfair, 36, of 813 20th Avenue West, Cordele, Georgia. Telfair is charged with Aggravated Battery, Robbery, Theft by Taking, Forgery, Interference with Government Property.

The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this case as well as the murders of Ashley Garry and Jasperin Armstrong both of which occurred in September. Anyone with information regarding any of these cases is encouraged to contact the Crisp County Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Hancock stated this is, once again, a perfect example of law enforcement agencies working together across jurisdictional boundaries to bring those persons responsible for crimes in our community to justice.


Crisp County trustee inmates are being utilized to help school board and school officials paint the parking lot at Crisp County High School. Trustees are inmates that volunteer to be a part of a work detail at the jail. Trustee selection is based on the inmate's past criminal history, current criminal charges, and his demeanor while incarcerated. If eligible through the court and with satisfactory performance, participants may receive two-for-one credit on their sentence. Sheriff Hancock believes this is a positive way to teach inmate's skills and save taxpayers of Crisp County money.


Sheriff Hancock recently spoke at First Baptist Church's senior luncheon. He spoke on the tornado that struck Cordele in 1936 and provided attendees with much information on Emergency Management.


Sheriff Hancock seeks tips to help solve the murder of Ashley Garry .  Investigators have dedicated more than 700 man hours on this case already. Sheriff Hancock says Crisp County does not investigate many murders, but when they do, they usually solve them quickly. "This is the first homicide since 2011 outside the city limits of Cordele, and the first since 1997 that this agency hasn't, along with the people you see here, hasn't solved within three days of the incident," says Sheriff Hancock.  Anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant you feel the lead may be, is asked to Leave a Crime Stopper Tip for Sheriff Hancock.


Family Day at Home Depot was Saturday, October 4th.  The Crisp County Sheriff's Office was proud to attend.



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. Sheriff Hancock has personally been affected by this disease. He and his staff will be placing pink ribbons on their vehicles in remembrance of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer and a reminder to others to take the steps for early detection. For more information you can go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website at . Sheriff Hancock and his staff care enough to where pink.


On Friday, September 26th, 2014, Deputy Kenny Purvis and Deputy Wade Compton responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the 1400 block of Hwy 90. Deputies were able to locate three subjects on private property. These subjects did not have permission to be on the property and told deputies they were trying to find a quiet place to talk. All three subjects were suspected of consuming alcoholic beverages. Deputy Purvis observed in plain view drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. After further investigation by deputies they located suspected cocaine in the vehicle. Tammy Arnott of Pinehurst, Earl Owens of Hay Market (Virginia) and Terry Cox of Coal City (West Virginia) were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and transported to the Crisp County Sheriff's Office.


Sheriff Billy Hancock reminds all parents children under 8 years of age must be properly secured in an approved safety seat or booster that is suited for their height and weight and in the rear seat of the vehicle.   Click Here to Find the Right Car Seat


Sheriff Billy Hancock announces receipt of a $12,000 Homeland Security Grant to cover the cost of a radio system upgrade, so deputies can better communicate and coordinate law enforcement efforts with Dooly and Turner counties. This upgrade will also boost Sheriff Billy Hancock’s officer safety initiatives.  Sheriff Billy Hancock thanks Georgia Emergency Management Director Charlie English and Governor Nathan Deal for the funding.


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.



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