Police Chief Brinkley Makes Statement on Current Events

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Chief Will BrinkleyGreetings from the Office of the Social Circle Chief of Police. I hope this message finds you safe and well, but I wanted to take a moment to speak with you about the current State of Affairs in policing and the climate in the United States today.

Let me be perfectly clear. As the Police Chief, of the Social Circle Police Department, I Do Not! condone the unnecessary or unreasonable Use of Force by any member of this department or any law enforcement officer. Information brought to my attention on such of an event, by any person in this department, upon any member of this community will draw immediate and swift action.

The men and women of the Social Circle Police Department are sworn to uphold the law, without prejudice or bias towards any person because of race, gender, or religious affiliation.

Let me begin by saying the abhorrent and indifferent actions of those four police officers in Minneapolis is inexcusable and indefensible. Their actions amount to murder, and I, as your police chief, will not tolerate excessive actions such as those in OUR department.

I would also like to take this opportunity to share with you my thoughts concerning the current protests that are occurring all around the country in regard to the In-Custody Death of George Floyd. The stress and anguish around the death of Mr. George Floyd is compounded by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and associated uncertainty and unemployment. People around our city, state and nation are feeling hurt and are without many of the traditional support resources that are generally available because of having to avoid close personal contact.

May it be known that the City of Social Circle Police Department respects and defends human life and our officers are required to place the preservation of life above all other priorities. I want to remind you of Our Mission Statement:

“It is the mission of the Social Circle Police Department to enhance the quality of life for the people within our community by providing professional, high quality and effective police service in partnership with the community.”

I am saddened to see the fallout from the incident that occurred in Minneapolis. Holding peaceful protests is acceptable and lawful, and integral to affecting change in a modern, democratic society. I find this destruction and violence occurring across our nation and in nearby jurisdictions nearly as disturbing as the murder of George Floyd. Injury to persons and destruction of property cannot be tolerated.

We are directing each of our shifts to be vigilant during patrols (to include foot patrols) and pay especially close attention to our Downtown Businesses and of any large crowds gathering around the city. I have been in contact with our local faith leaders here in the city and we all share the same sentiments. We must continue to be prayerful and safe during these perilous times. Thank you for all you do in keeping the Social Circle Community and its members safe.

We covenant with you that we will all work to make our department as professional and well-trained as possible to keep tragedies like what occurred in Minneapolis from occurring here. Mr. Floyd’s pleas to officers that he can’t breathe are deeply troubling to me and should shock the conscience of every law enforcement officer and any compassionate human being.

I welcome your involvement, as well as the greater community’s involvement, as we seek to make known our police department’s commitment to the sanctity of human life, to allow for the maintenance of order, to begin necessary dialogs among concerned communities, and allow for the sustainment of meaningful communications among all members of our great community.

Again, please join me in constructive dialog to make the State of Affairs in our community a shining beacon to those around us of how peaceful protest occurs and how we can make our world a better place.

Thank You All
Be safe!

Social Circle Police, Chief Will Brinkley

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Virtual Meet & Greet with New Police Chief Scheduled

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Join us on Facebook on Monday, May 4 at 1:30 pm for a Virtual Meet & Greet to get to know our new police chief, Will Brinkley.

If you have questions for Chief Brinkley, please email them to City Manager, Adele Schirmer, aschirmer@socialcirclega.com or call (770) 464-6901.

After May 4, you can call the police department at (770) 464-2366 to schedule an appointment to talk with Chief Brinkley.

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Local Business Makes PPE Donation

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Mannington Mills’ facility in Madison, Georgia, has been making more than just floors these days. In collaboration with Klöckner Pentaplast, the entire site is engaged in making and assembling protective face masks to donate to healthcare and law enforcement around the country. Today Donna Parker with Mannington Mills donated 20 face shields to protect our staff.

We thank you for your generous donation!

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Social Circle Ranked 24th Safest City in Georgia

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Social Circle was ranked by Safewise, a pioneer in unbiased home security reviews, as the 24th safest city in Georgia. Their 2020 report of The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, uses FBI crime report statistics from 2018 and population data to calculate the number of violent crimes and property crimes per 1,000 residents. The ranking makes Social Circle the safest city in Walton County as the only other city in Walton County that appears on the list is Loganville, with a ranking of 31.

In 2019 Social Circle was ranked as the 25th safest city in Georgia.

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City Announces Will Brinkley as New Police Chief

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Uniform Patrol Bureau | Athens-Clarke County, GA - Official WebsiteWill Brinkley has accepted the position of Social Circle Chief of Police. He will begin work on May 4, 2020.

Will Brinkley has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, beginning with the City of Madison Georgia Police Department in 1989, and most recently as a Captain in the Athens Clarke County Police Department, where he served for 25 years rising from Police Officer through the ranks to Captain.

Will Brinkley is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The Southern Police Institute is a division of the Department of Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville. It is an advanced education and training institute whose mission is to enhance the professional development of law enforcement practitioners by providing educational and career development programs that are designed to challenge and to prepare law enforcement practitioners for the demands of today and tomorrow. The Southern Police Institute consistently is ranked among the top law enforcement educational and training schools in the nation.

A strong proponent and practitioner of community oriented policing, Will Brinkley, throughout his career, has invested in relationships with his coworkers, his staff, and all segments of his community. His breadth of experience ranges from Patrol to Special Operations, School Resource, and community-oriented policing. He has been recognized for Meritorious Community Service and Leadership Ability, improving communication between Public Housing and the Police Department, Community Policing and facilitating projects which decreased criminal activity and enhanced quality of life.

Will Brinkley is a member of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Described by his professional references as a genuine, transparent, person of integrity who respects people and achieves success by building long term positive relationships, he has led officers and shift supervisors through their many stages of training being attentive to their questions while putting the needs of the citizens as a top priority.

Will Brinkley believes in leading by example, and putting service before self.

We look forward to the opportunity for our citizens to get to know Chief Brinkley, and we will be making arrangements for those meetings as is possible while following the Executive Orders and Health Department guidance during this COVID-19 pandemic. The City will broadcast a Facebook live meet and greet program on May 4th, and individual appointments may be scheduled after May 4 by contacting the Police Department.

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Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled for March 14

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This class is full!

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

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2020
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 Officer 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 Friday, February 28, 2020.

https://socialcirclega.gov/services/police/citizen-firearm-class/

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The City Wants Your Input: Speed Limit Reductions

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The City is responding to concerns about safety on our roadways.  These roads have increasing numbers of pedestrians and homes and driveways.  Residents have raised these concerns and requested slower speeds to improve safety and enable expanded golf cart use.  An engineering study and police review were done of the roadway conditions to determine the recommended speed limits.  The Mayor and City Council requested community input, via this survey, prior to deciding on speed limit changes.  We appreciate the responses and comments.

Speed Zone Analysis

Recommended Speed Limit Map

Current Speed Limit Map

We closed the survey. Please check back for details.

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Social Circle Middle/High School Placed on Soft Lock Down

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Today at approximately 12:54 pm., the SCHS administration and a Social Circle Police School Resource Officer were made aware of a suspicious person walking near the retention pond on campus at the high school.  Immediately, the District took proactive measures and communicated with the SRO officer and the Social Circle Police.  As a safety precaution, both the high school and middle school were placed in a soft lock down during the investigation.  All students and staff at SCMHS are safe.

Social Circle Police and school officials investigated, and the suspicious person was identified as a landscaper authorized to be on school property.

The safety of students and staff is our number one goal at Social Circle School District.  We thank all entities for working together for the safety of our children.

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