Sign Up for Walton County Citizen Alert Notifications

Walton County has launched a mass notification service that will alert you to potential safety hazards or concerns, such as severe weather, tornadoes, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. You can choose which alerts you want to receive and whether to receive alerts via calls to your home, mobile or business phones, or messages by email address or text messages. There is no charge for this service and you can opt out at any time. To sign up, go to http://www.waltoncountyga.gov, scroll down and click on the EVERBRIDGE logo in the Quick links box.

IRS Phone Call Scam Reports on the Rise

It’s tax season and scammers are continuing to prey on people’s fear of the IRS and paying taxes. Citizens are reporting calls coming from Lake Charles, LA from the phone number 337-516-0542 claiming to be with the IRS and demanding payment for taxes that are owed and threatening to send the local police department to arrest them if they don’t.

If you receive a call like this, just hang up.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

For taxpayers who don’t owe taxes or don’t think they do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. Alternatively, call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

For those who owe taxes or think they do:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on IRS.gov. 

How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Spring Citizen Police Academy Registration Open

Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceThe Social Circle Police Department will hold their first Citizen Police Academy (CPA) starting in April 3. The CPA will meet one evening a week for five weeks and then one Saturday and will give citizens a hands-on look at the daily activities of our police officers. 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 contact Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com

Application

Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled for Mar 3

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

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
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 Thursday, February 22, 2018.

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