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.

Citizen Firearm Class Scheduled

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

Date: Saturday, May 20, 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, May 16,2017.

 

Golf Cart Ordinance Amended

On January 17, 2017, the Social Circle City Council adopted the amended golf cart ordinance. This ordinance allows motorized carts, aka golf carts, to be operated on city streets with speed limits not to exceed 35 mph.

If you own a golf cart and wish to operate it on public roadways, the golf cart must be registered with the city and must meet all safety requirements defined in the ordinance. Registration packets can be picked up at the police department Monday- Friday between 8:30 am-5:00 pm or downloaded from our web site. If you have any questions, please call the police department at 770-464-2366.

Coffee With a Cop

The Social Circle Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop each month to give citizens a chance to meet the officers of the Social Circle Police Department. There will be no formal agenda for the meetings, so drop in when you can to discuss concerns, ask questions and get to know your police officers.

The Coffee with a Cop for February will be held at Ford’s Restaurant from 7:00 am – 9:00 am Wednesday, February 1.

The Coffee with a Cop for March will be held March 8 at Butcher Block. Check back for times.

Reminder: Calls for Service

The Social Circle Police Department would like to remind you that calls for service are not dispatched through the Police Department’s main line. Walton County 911 is our dispatch provider. If you need an officer to respond to any emergency situation call 911 immediately.

For non-emergencies call Walton County Dispatch at 770-464-0310.

You are encouraged to call the police department’s main line (770-464-2366) during normal business hours for questions or concerns relating to police matters, obtaining copies of reports, and all other administrative matters etc.

Social Circle Ranked as 25th on list of 50 Safest Cities in Georgia

Social Circle was ranked by Safewise, a pioneer in unbiased home security reviews, as the 25th safest city in Georgia. Their 2017 report of The 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, released this week, uses FBI crime report statistics from 2015 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 32.

In 2016 Social Circle was ranked as the 36th safest city in Georgia.

25th Safest City in Georgia