SCPD Launches Get with the #9PMRoutine

The Social Circle Police Department is bringing the 9 p.m. Routine, an international crime prevention initiative, to Social Circle after a recent spree of entering autos that targeted unlocked vehicles in several local neighborhoods.

SCPD is recommending the following 9 p.m. Routine:

  1. Remove keys, wallets, cash, garage door openers and other valuable items from vehicles. Roll up windows and lock the doors.
  2. Bring in or secure all valuables in the yard.
  3. Close overhead garage doors and lock any outside garage doors.
  4. Close and lock doors on the house.
  5. Ensure all windows in the house are shut and locked.
  6. Turn on outside lights.
  7. Post that you’ve completed the #9PMRoutine on social media and tag #SCPD.

SCPD will be sharing 9 p.m. Routine reminders regularly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to encourage all residents to Get with the 9 p.m. Routine to show potential criminals that you won’t tolerate property crime in your neighborhood.

Help spread the word using the hashtag #9PMRoutine and tagging #SCPD to let us know you’ve completed the routine.

The 9 p.m. Routine, created in 2017 by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida encourages residents to protect themselves from becoming victims of crime by locking and securing their homes, vehicles  and valuables every night at 9 p.m.

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 15, 2019. The last day for registration will be Friday, August 9, 2019.

The six-week course will start Wednesday, August 21 and end on September 21. Class will be held in the evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 pm in the Community Room.

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

Possible Social Security and Medicare Fraud Alert

If someone approaches you offering a free DNA test that would reveal your propensity for cancer, call 911. 

Police departments in the area are receiving reports of people are dressing up as medical professionals or representatives of the Social Security Administration and knocking on doors offering free cancer screening. They are requesting driver’s license information, telephone numbers, social security numbers, Medicare numbers, and email addresses.

During June 7 and 8 subjects were in the area of Walton Court posing as representatives of the Social Security Administration. The subjects were asking to swab unsuspecting victims to obtain DNA for cancer screening. One suspect is described as a white male approximately 25-35 years of age wearing eyeglasses. The second suspect has been described as a white male approximately 40-45 years of age also wearing eyeglasses.

Similar incidents have occurred in Covington and it is believed these subjects are attempting to obtain the information to commit Medicare fraud.

Please be cautious about giving out your personal information. Medicare recipients are also encouraged to report concerns about suspicious activity involving their account to its toll-free number, 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227).

Fire Hydrant Testing Next Week

As a part of the final steps of the water system upgrades along Cherokee Road and Hightower Trail, the Fire Department will be testing the new fire hydrants that were installed. They will test the first part of the week, June 10-12. This may cause cloudy water in the area. If you do have cloudy water, allow the water to run for a while and it will clear up.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barry Parsons, Public Works Director, bparsons@socialcirclega.com, 770-464-6912.

Water Quality Test Not City Sponsored

An example of water sample kit that have been left at houses around town.

An example of water sample kit that have been left at houses around town.

Many residents have reported receiving a bottle and flyer asking for a water sample for a complimentary water quality test. Please be advised this is a private commercial advertisement – not City sponsored nor City recommended.

Official water tests can be conducted by City of Social Circle licensed water personnel or State of Georgia Environmental Protection Division only. A citizen can hire anyone they wish to test that citizen’s water at their expense.

The City water is tested regularly and fully compliant with Clean Drinking Water regulations.  Citizens may obtain information about our drinking water from the CCR.

2017 Water Quality Report

For further information about your drinking water feel free to contact Public Works Director, Barry Parsons at bparsons@socialcirclega.com or 770-464-6912 or the Georgia EPD at 1-888-373-5947 toll-free in Georgia
404-657-5947 in the Atlanta area or askepd@gaepd.org.

Water System Upgrade Update

Men WorkingOn Monday, June 3 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm crews will be connecting the new water lines to the existing water lines at Dogwood Drive and E Hightower Trail. Water will be off along Dogwood Drive from Holly Street, to Sycamore Street and along Holly Street and E Hightower Trail.

When the water is turned back on, it may be cloudy. It should clear up after you run it for a while.

Help Us Watch out for Snakes!

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

A snake skin spotted near a water meter when our meter reader was taking readings recently.

The weather has gotten warm and the snakes are out and about. The recent warm winter means more snakes, which may be hiding in bushes, pine straw or tall grass around your home and waiting for unsuspecting people, like our utility staff.

To decrease the chance of snake unexpected snake encounters, please keep the bushes and grass trimmed around the gas and water meters on your property and keep pine straw away from water meters. This makes it easier to get an accurate reading while avoiding the possibility of being surprised by a snake.

Water System Improvements Update

Men WorkingA bit of good news: The water system upgrades are almost completed! There are just a few more things to take care of.

Friday, May 24 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on N Forrest Ave starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off on N Forrest for about two hours. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Tuesday, May 28 – Crews will be tying in the water lines on E Hightower Tr at the bridge starting about 9:00 am. The water should be off for about four hours in the area between Oak Dr and E Hightower Trail and along Sycamore Ave. After the water is restored, there could be cloudy water. Let the water run for a while to clear it up.

Once the tie-ins are complete, the roads that have been torn up by the construction will be repaired. Please plan for extra time when you are traveling in the area to allow for lane closures. Also use caution for your safety and the safety of the workers.

The entire water system upgrade project should be completed by the end of the week.

SCPD Requests Help With Finding a Runaway Juvenile

[UPDATE 5/15/19 8:00 AM] – Rezaria has been found and is safe.

[ORIGINAL] – Rezaria Stillwell was last seen on May 13, 2019, at approximately 1200 hours. She is a 13-year-old black female and was last seen wearing light blue jeans, a black shirt with white sleeves and pink writing on it. Her hair is black in color and up in a bun. Stillwell is approximately 5 foot 3 and 130 pounds. She has a burn mark on her left arm and a mark in the middle of her forehead. Stillwell has pierced ears, but she does not wear earrings.

If contact is made with Rezaria Stillwell, please notify the Social Circle Police Department immediately.

Investigator Michael Jett
mjett@socialcirclega.com
770-464-2366
Walton County Non-Emergency Number: 770-464-0310