“It Can Wait!”, Don’t Drive Distracted

Hey, Social Circle, “Are you texting while driving, maybe speeding in a school zone? If so, put it down and slow down!” Social Circle Police will be out monitoring traffic in our schools zones starting today.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving on its website as “any activity that diverts attention from driving.” Activities can include texting while driving, eating and adjusting the navigation system, according to the website. Additionally, texting is the most alarming distraction. Since sending or reading a text can take up to five seconds, according to NHTSA, people driving at 55 miles per hour can drive the length of an entire football field without watching the road.

The safety of the motoring public and our children are of extreme importance. Let’s all work together to make our roadways safe in Social Circle!

SCPD Offers Halloween Safety Tips

SCPD Halloween Safety Tips

With all the excitement of Halloween, Police Chief, Jeff Fuesting, wanted to take a moment to remind residents of a few Halloween safety tips to ensure a safe and fun evening for the entire family.

Halloween is an exciting time for children, but they can be vulnerable to injury on this night. The men and women of the Social Circle Police Department strive to partner with our residents to provide the children of Social Circle the safest possible environment.

Halloween will be celebrated on October 31. The Downtown Merchants will have trick-or-treating from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The police will on-hand throughout the evening ensuring the safety of the trick-or-treaters.

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


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).

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
Walton County Non-Emergency Number: 770-464-0310


Social Circle Police Apprehend Burglary Suspect

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 at approximately 4:50 pm, the Social Circle Police Department was dispatched to an alarm call at 619 Dove Cove.  Officers arrived within minutes of the call and received information from neighbors that someone had closed a window on the front of the residence from the inside.  Officers set up a perimeter. They noticed a bag containing cereal was in the grass on the side of the residence. The homeowner was contacted via telephone and stated that the bag of cereal was in the bedroom and that no one should be at or in the residence.

Officers went to the unsecured window and began to give verbal commands for anyone in the residence to come out. After a few moments a male appeared from inside the residence and was taken into custody peacefully. Officers then entered the residence to find no one else inside.

The male was identified as LaJohn Darnell Pilcher, 23 years old of Social Circle. Pilcher had in his possession latex gloves, two women’s bracelets belonging to the victim and several other items from the residence.  He was charged with burglary. He also had outstanding warrants out of Athens for traffic-related offenses.

“We tell community all the time if you hear or see something, say something! This is a good example of how it works. We can make this a safer community by working together.”

SCPD taking back unwanted prescription drugs April 27 at Police Station

On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Social Circle Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Social Circle Police Department at 138 East Hightower Trail. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

The Police Department Needs Your Help

The Social Circle Police Department is asking for help from the community! On March 28th and 29th, 2019 between the hours of 11 PM and 2 AM there were eight entering autos reported to authorities. The SCPD is asking for citizens with video surveillance to review their footage during the stated time frame. If you have video footage of any vehicles, people or anything suspicious, please contact investigator Michael Jett immediately at 678-243-8680 or Mjett@socialcirclega.com.

Police Department Holds Inaugural Awards Banquet

The Social Circle Police Department held their inaugural awards banquet, Tuesday, March 12 at Church at the Grove in Social Circle. The program featured the Social Circle High School JROTC presenting the colors, Ms. Olivia Adams singing the National Anthem, Pastor Dwayne Jones giving the invocation and Stephen Lundquist as guest speaker.

The awards portion of the evening started with presenting each of the members of the department with a certificate honoring their completed years of service. The staff of the SCPD have a combined 186 years of service:

Officer Austin Wynne – 2 years of Service
Officer Jack Treadwell – 2 years of Service
Officer Devin Williams – 4 years of Service
Officer Ian Caldwell – 7 years of Service
Investigator Michael Jett – 8 years of Service
Officer Robert Orr – 8 years of Service
Officer Jerry James – 10 years of Service
Officer Jacob Rice – 10 years of Service
Sgt. Samantha Rose – 10 years of Service
TAC Operator/Administrator, Kathy Esque – 12 years of Service
Investigator Bill Bowen – 15 years of Service
Sgt. Chad Hunt – 16 years of Service
Officer Terrell Thomas – 18 years of Service
Sgt. James Pilgrim – 20 years of Service
Lt. Randy Downs – 24 years of Service
Chief Tyrone Oliver – 20 years of Service

Rookie of the Year: Austin Wynne. The Rookie of the Year award is presented to the person who has been P.O.S.T. certified less than 2 and ½ years, who best exemplifies the qualities, characteristics and the effectiveness of a new officer and one who distinguishes himself by a great degree of meritorious service of achievement.

Top Gun Award: Investigator Michael Jett. The Top Gun award is presented to the person with the highest cumulative score in at least 2 qualification rounds.

Humanitarian Service Award: Investigator Bill Bowen. The Humanitarian Service Award is presented to the person who has made a positive impact in our community, who has promoted human welfare and reform, who has diligently pursued promoting humanistic values in one person’s life or in the lives of several people.

Meritorious Service Award: Officers Devin Williams and Jack Treadwell. The Meritorious Service Award is granted to any employee for an outstanding act where there was a threat of serious bodily injury. This award is also awarded for outstanding investigative performance or criminal apprehension.

Medal of Valor: Sgt. Chad Hunt. The Medal of Valor is presented for acts of courage and strength of mind, in face of danger to protect life.

Chief’s Commendation Award: Sgt. Samantha Rose. The Chief’s Commendation is granted to any employee for an outstanding act or achievement, which brings credit to the agency and involves performance above and beyond that which is required for the employee’s basic assignment.

Employee of the Year: Kathy Esque. The Employee of the Year is voted on by everyone in the agency and presented to an employee who best exemplifies the qualities, characteristics and overall effectiveness of an agency employee and must be an accumulation of accomplishments throughout the year.  To be considered for this award, an employee must have:

  • Performed above and beyond their normal call of duty in their service to the agency.
  • Earned the recognition of his/her superiors for outstanding service to the agency.