Social Circle Police Investigating Homicide

On January 7, 2018 at approximately 1:30am the Social Circle Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of Meadows Ln Social Circle, Ga in reference to a fight.  Prior to our arrival, Walton County 911 advised that a male subject had been shot multiple times and left the location in a silver car.  Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were flagged down by a silver car on Hwy 11 in the area of Lipscomb Rd.  Inside the car were three juveniles who stated their uncle, who was driving, had been shot multiple times.  The victim identified as 27 year old Jonathan Rajiv Gresham from Monroe was transported to Clearview Regional Hospital and later died from his injuries.  Social Circle Police Department has arrested 32 year old Keith Katrell Malcom from Monroe in connection with the homicide and he is being held at the Walton County Jail charged with aggravated assault, murder, four counts of cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime, possession of firearm by a convicted felon and possession of schedule 1 drugs with intent to distribute.

Thus far, the investigation revealed that there was some type of verbal argument inside the residence during a get together between Jonathan Gresham and Keith Malcom.  The two men went outside and shots were fired.  As of now, it is unknown what the argument was about and this investigation is still on-going.  SCPD is being assisted by the GBI, Walton County Sheriff’s Crime Scene, Walton County DA’s Office and Walton County Coroner’s Office.

Update from Chief Oliver about the Break-ins in the Area

There have been several break-ins reported in Social Circle and also Newton and Walton Counties. The incidents occurred in Jubilee, Laurel Oaks and Windsong. There are a few leads including fingerprints and surveillance video. It’s believed they were driving a gray Dodge Ram or a white Dodge Charger.

The Social Circle Police Department have added additional patrols to increase coverage during the overnight hours after break-ins were reported in the surrounding area. The Social Circle Police Department is working with agencies in the surrounding area to find the suspects. We will post updates as we have more information.

We caution residents to remove all valuables and personal items from your car and keep your doors locked. If you see or hear anything suspicious please give us a call.

If your vehicle was broken into, please let us know.

The Police Department Needs Your Help

The Social Circle Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying these two women in connection with a theft that occurred on December 12 between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm at Barbed Wire & Lace in Social Circle. Allegedly, one woman distracted the victim while another stole her wallet. The stolen cards were later used at the Wal-Mart located at 10300 Industrial Blvd in Covington, where this image was obtained from security cameras.

There is a possible reward for any information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case.

Tips can be sent to policechief@socialcirclega.com or call the anonymous tip line at 770-464-6936.

Police Department Offers Tips for Safe Holidays

The holidays are a popular time for thieves to target homes around town. To keep your holidays safe, please follow these tips:

  • Do not leave boxes on your porch. Consider having the packages delivered to your workplace or set the delivery options to require a signature.
  • Do not put intact boxes out for trash pickup or recycling. Break down boxes and put in your trashcan or recycling. This keeps thieves from identifying new big-ticket items that you’ve purchased and target your home for later.
  • If you will be out of town for the holidays, request an extra patrol with the police department. Download request form.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car and keep your car and home locked.

Police Department Offers Extra Patrols

If you have plans to travel during the holidays, you can request that the Police Department keep an eye on your residence while you are away. Complete the Extra Patrol Request Form and email it to toliver@socialcirclega.com or bring the completed form by the Police Department. The police officers will include your residence in their rounds during the day and evening shifts. For questions, please email  toliver@socialcirclega.com or call the Police Department at (770) 464-2366.

City Welcomes Newest Police Department Member

Meet Charlie! Social Circle Police Department’s newest member

K9 Officer CharlieCharlie was excited to meet his new team and especially his new partner, Officer Chad Hunt on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Charlie has already joined Office Hunt on his rounds. The pair will complete training together over the next few weeks before Charlie can be fully utilized on patrol.

Charlie is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois that is highly trained in narcotics detection.  Charlie has served oversees in the Republic of Georgia most of his career, but looks forward serving with the Social Circle Police Department. “He’s very social and has settled in well.” said Officer Chad Hunt

Charlie was donated to the Social Circle Police Department with the facilitation of the State Department and City of Covington Police Department.  Expenses associated with Charlie’s upkeep and equipment were paid for through asset forfeiture and donations.

“Charlie will be a tremendous asset to the city of Social Circle as we continue to make this community a better place to live, work and play. “said Police Chief Tyrone Oliver.

 

Officer Hunt and Charlie Office Hunt plays with Charlie

The Social Circle Police Department Graduated Their First Citizen’s Police Academy Class

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe City of Social Circle Police Department held a graduation ceremony and family lunch honoring the first Citizen’s Police Academy graduates on Saturday October 14, 2017. Participants in this program met for six (6) weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the police department’s community room. The classes were a combination of lectures, demonstrations and interactive activities.

“We would like to congratulate the Social Circle Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy’s inaugural class for successfully completing this program.  It was an honor to have the opportunity to be able to provide this experience for our citizens,” Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said.

The Social Circle Citizen’s Police Academy was created to give our residents and corporate partners of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with the inner workings of the Social Circle Police Department.  Participants learned about the available services, resources and programs offered by the department. More importantly, participants got a chance to meet and interact with the men and women who provide these services. This course covered the structure and overview of the police department, patrol functions, criminal investigations, judicial process, firearms training and use of force and use of force considerations.  Also during the program, participants were required to complete at least two (2) hours of police “ride-a-longs”.  The funds for the program were made possible through the Lions and the Lion-hearted Golf Tournament, which seeded the Lion-hearted fund.

“I would like to thank Lieutenant Randy Downs who did a phenomenal job spearheading this course and the entire police department staff for their participation.  This was truly a department-wide effort in making this a very successful partnership between the community and law enforcement,” Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said. This course will be offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  Please check our website (socialcircelga.gov) and Facebook page (City of Social Circle, Georgia) for future class dates.

Citizen Police Academy Graduation

Pictured left to Right, Bottom row: Brenda Stewart, Rebecca Barnett, Thomas Carter, Cathy Rape, Addie Massey and Marty Burns

Back Row: Chief Tyrone Oliver, Lynn Pulliam, Investigator Bill Bowen, Millie Kozak, Daniel Kozak, David Keener, Andy Rape, Robert Posner, Investigator Michael Jett, James Corbett, Tyson Jackson, Lt. Randy Downs and Sgt. James Pilgrim.  (not Pictured Ray Martinez)

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled

[UPDATE] – The class is full! Please check back for additional dates.

The Social Circle Police Department has announced the date for their next Citizen Firearm Class.

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Community Room

This class is designed for those individuals that want to become familiar with how to properly use a firearm. This course will include classroom and range instruction. This course will also provide the legal and lawful explanation of the use of force.

Please contact Lt. Randy Downs at rdowns@socialcirclega.com for more information.

The class size is limited to the first 15 applicants. All applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, October 17,2017.

Citizen Police Academy Registration Opens Today

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will be taking applications for the Citizen Police Academy beginning Monday, July 17, 2017. The last day for registration will be Friday, August 11, 2017. The class is limited to 12 students.

The six-week course will start Tuesday, September 5 and end on October 14. Class will be held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) years of age and must provide their own transportation to and from training. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of the applicant’s background, including a criminal history inquiry.

There is no charge for the course.

For more information please call Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com.

Citizen Police Academy Information

Application

Anonymous Tips Lead to Arrest

On Friday, July 14, 2017 at approximately 6:00am, the Social Circle Police Department along with members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) executed a search warrant at 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA. in reference to a narcotics investigation.

The Social Circle Police Department received several anonymous complaints/tips at this address in reference to suspected drug sales.  We conducted an investigation which led to the search warrant being executed this morning.

Investigators located a quantity of marijuana and two firearms.  One of the firearms had an altered serial number.

23 year old Mikail Anthony Walker of 464 Ronthor Drive Social Circle, GA was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal use of an article with an altered serial number.

We encourage citizens to continue to report any suspicious or illegal activity. See it, Hear it, Report it! You can remain anonymous. You can email tips@socialcirclega.com.