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The Henry County Police Department is a rapidly growing police agency located in the Southeastern quadrant of the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The Department currently has an authorized strength of 229 sworn officers, 14 sworn reserve officers supported by 34 civilian employees with the responsibility of providing law enforcement services to over 210,356 residents within an area of 322.7 square miles.

The Department is organized into four divisions: Administrative Services, Support Services, and Criminal Investigations, Uniform Patrol.

The Henry County Police Department is dedicated to providing police services in Henry County that are aimed at achieving more effective and efficient crime control, reduced fear of crime, improved quality of life and improved police legitimacy. This is accomplished through a proactive reliance on community resources that seeks to minimize crime-causing conditions.

  • H.C.P.D. strives to ensure that all our citizens are served in a professional, ethical and equitable manner that respects individuals, protects our democratic ideals and system of government, pursues greater accountability of police, greater public share in the decision-making and greater concern for civil rights and liberties.
  • H.C.P.D. promotes the ideas of partnering between public and private law enforcement agencies, social services agencies and public and private groups.
  • H.C.P.D. aspires to increase the levels of police professionalism, improve the level of training, and enhance educational credentials and professional development for all members of the Department.

 


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Office of the Chief

Chief Keith Nichols

Chief of Police

Keith Nichols was appointed to Chief of Police July 6, 2010. Chief Nichols joined the force as a patrol officer when the Department was first formed in 1991. He rose through the ranks as a detective and as a Sergeant over Criminal Investigations, as well as Narcotics. He also worked as a lieutenant over the Special Operations Division and the SWAT Team. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1999. From 1999 until 2004, he served as the Division Commander in several divisions, including Support Services, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, and the Uniform Patrol Division. He served as Deputy Police Chief from 2004 until being named Interim Chief in February of 2010.

Before joining the Henry County Police Department, he worked as a patrolman for the Riverdale Police Department.

Chief Nichols earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgia Southern University and is a 2006 graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 227. He also received his Command College Certificate from Columbus State University.

The Command College program is hosted by Columbus State University in partnership with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. It goes beyond what is currently available in law enforcement executive and management development courses, serving as a “graduate school” for law enforcement executives.

Chief Nichols also received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration as a result of completing this program.

Deputy Chief Mark Amerman

Major Butler Deputy Chief Mark Amerman served six years in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps before beginning his career in 1994 with the Henry County Police Department. In 1996, he joined the TAC Unit as a K-9 Officer. He was promoted to Sergeant in the TAC Unit in 2000 and transferred to the Narcotics Division in 2003. Amerman was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division in 2006. During this assignment, he served as Commander of Special Operations which consisted of the COPS, traffic, HEAT, Motors, K-9 and Gang Units. Amerman remained in Special Operations until his appointment to the rank of Major over the Uniform Patrol Division in 2010. As Major, he served as the Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division and the Support Services Division. On June 18, 2014, Mark Amerman was appointed to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief Amerman is Georgia P.O.S.T. Instructor Certified, a graduate of Georgia SWAT School, and the U.S. Army SWAT and Counter Sniper Schools. In 2009, Deputy Chief Amerman graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In July 2013, Deputy Chief Amerman successfully completed a 400 hour Georgia Law Enforcement Professional Management/Supervision Program at the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.

The Henry County Police Department of the State of Georgia was formed in 1991 as a response to the explosive growth that catapulted Henry County from a rural neighbor of Atlanta to its current status as one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Henry County’s initial provider of law enforcement services was the Sheriff’s Department. However, in an effort to respond to the ever increasing needs of its developing community, the Board of Commissioners voted November 20, 1990 to establish the Henry County Police Department. Former Commissioner Jim Joyner, in explaining the reasoning behind the creation of this new police department, stated that “the county has outgrown Sheriff (Donald) Chaffin’s department. We’re no longer a rural community, rather an urban county.” (Bowles, 1991, June 13). Under the Commission’s plan, the new 84-member police department would patrol the unincorporated areas of the county, while the Sheriff’s Department would serve warrants, run the jail, and handle court functions.

In February 1991, the Board of Commissioner voted and hired a Police Chief to head the creation of the Henry County Bureau of Police Services. On July 1, 1991, the Henry County Bureau of Police Services began operations and provided services to the community. The department began with 58 officers and 26 civilians to serve a population of 58,000 and has gradually expanded to its current allotment of 229 officers and 34 civilians to serve a population, which is estimated at 210,356.*

Due to Henry County's location immediately south of Atlanta and astride Interstate 75, the Police Department deals with a wide range of public safety issues prevalent in both urban and rural areas. Accordingly, the police department provides all traditional police services and has specialty assignments including tactical response, selective traffic enforcement, bicycle patrol, highway interdiction, drug investigation and other special investigations units.

The Henry County Police Department is headed by Chief of Police, Keith Nichols.

Office of the Chief: History

Robert Maxson 02/25/1991 – 02/04/1992
Dale Collins 02/05/1992 – 06/06/1995
Mac Nale (Acting Chief) 06/07/1995 – 02/18/1996
Wayne Bolden 02/19/1996 – 11/30/1996
Jimmy Mercer 03/31/1997 – 01/24/2000
Mac Nale (Interim Chief) 01/24/2000 – 03/19/2000
Mac Nale 03/20/2000 – 04/21/2003
Henry White 06/02/2003 – 11/07/2004
R. Abernathy 11/08/2004 – 02/28/2010
Keith Nichols (Interim Chief)  03/01/2010 – 07/05/2010
Keith Nichols 07/06/2010 – Present

Current personnel allotment is as of July 2014 and population estimate is as of 2013.

The Internal Affairs Division is responsible for investigating allegations of employee misconduct, originating internally as well as from outside sources or citizen complaints. They ensure compliance with the department’s rules and regulations and investigate allegations of infractions of policy, state and federal law, and the Constitution of the United States on the part of employees. Their investigations are assigned by the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police. This is to ensure investigative action when members conduct themselves improperly while also protecting members from unwarranted complaints pursuant to discharge of official duties. Investigations are conducted in a fair and impartial manner and all employees and witnesses are treated with consideration and respect.

The Internal Affairs Division is also responsible for Recruitment and Open Records requests.

The Internal Affairs Division is compromised of the following personnel:

Captain Mike Ireland
DivisionCommander/Public Information Officer
770-288-8206

Sergeant Danny Gibbs
Internal Affairs/Recruiting
770-288-8205

Officer Roger Pike
BackgroundInvestigations
770-288-8334

Carolyn McKelvy
Open Records/Administrative
770-288-8205


Captain Mike Ireland

Before he began his career with Henry County Police Department in June 2000, Captain Ireland served 21 years in the United States Army. Ireland also served as a reserved officer with the Havre de Grace Police Department in Maryland from 1990 to 1993.

Captain Mike Ireland began his career with Henry County Police Department in June 2000 after retiring from the US Army. In 2001, Ireland resigned from full time police service but remained with the reserve unit for 3 years. Ireland returned to full time Law Enforcement with Henry County in 2004. Ireland was promoted to Detective and assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. Ireland was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007 and remained in the Criminal Investigation Division where he supervised Crime against Children and the Violence Against women unit. In 2010, Ireland was transferred to Internal Affairs where he was responsible for hiring and recruitment along with Internal Investigations. In 2012, Ireland was promoted to Lieutenant and was transferred to Uniform Patrol Division where he was assigned to the South Precinct as the Day watch supervisor. Ireland was transferred back to the Criminal Investigation Division and assigned to north precinct as the Criminal Investigation North precinct Commander for the day and evening watch detectives. In 2017 Ireland was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Internal Affairs Commander where he is responsible for several aspects of the police department including internal investigations, hiring and recruiting, open records requests, and Public Information Officer/media relations.

Captain Ireland currently served as a board member for the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. Ireland has received several community service awards, Commendations, Chief’s Awards, NAACP Bass Reeves Law Enforcement Award, Associate of Science degree from Harford Community College and supervisory and Management Certifications.

Support Services Division

Major Keith Going

Keith GoingMajor Keith Going began his career in 1997 with the Henry County Police Department. In 1998 he was transferred to the TAC Unit. The TAC Unit was an Anti- Crime Unit designed to respond to high probable crime areas, work Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Criminal Interdiction, and be an on duty entry team. In 1999, he transferred to the Narcotics Investigations Division as a Special Agent. During his tour as a Narcotic Agent, he investigated the possession and sales of illicit drugs, illegal gambling, and other crimes related to criminal enterprise. After the 9/11/2001 Terrorist Attacks, then Special Agent Going, was called to Active Duty with his United States Air Force Unit for a period of two years. He was initially activated under Operation Nobel Eagle in support of Homeland Defense, but later completed two Combat Tours in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning from Active Duty, he was transferred to the Special operations Division as a K-9 Handler. In this position he performed both Drug Interdiction and Detection, and Criminal Apprehension utilizing his K-9 partner. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he served as a Shift Sergeant in the Uniform Patrol Division. In May of 2006, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, and served in Uniform Patrol, Special operations, and the Criminal investigations Divisions. Major Going was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2010, and was assigned to supervise the opening of the New Stockbridge Precinct and serve as the Precinct Commander. Then on June 25, 2012, Keith Going was assigned as Captain over the Internal Affairs Division, where he served as the Internal Affairs Division Commander. During his tenure, Major Going was also assigned to the SWAT Team, where he served as Operator, Counter Sniper, Team Leader, and ultimately Team Commander. Before joining the Henry County Police Department, Major Going worked for Georgia Tech Police Department in Atlanta, Georgia. Major Going retired from the United States Air Force Reserve in 2012, after 23 years of service and obtaining the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

On August 10, 2013, Keith Going was promoted to the rank of Major over the Support Services Division, which includes; training, Intelligence Unit, Grants, Records and Quartermaster.

Major Going is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 237.


Incident & Accident Reports

The Henry County Police Department Records Unit is a sub-division of the Support Services Division. The Records Unit is responsible for processing and maintaining reports and files. They processed and maintained approximately 23,918 case files in 2014. The Records Unit is located inside the Police Headquarters at 108 South Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253 and is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. An Incident Report or Accident Report may be obtained in person from the Records Unit for a fee of $5.00 (cash or money order only). Please allow 3 business days (or 72 hours) from the date the report was filed before a request for a copy of the report is made.

Family Violence Reports cannot be obtained unless an arrest has been made. Accident Reports can only be obtained by parties involved in the accident, vehicle owners or insurance companies of parties involved in the accident.

Order Online

You may order accident reports online via BuyCrash.com. Please note, incident reports are not currently available online.

Order By Mail

To request a report by mail, send a cashier’s check or money order payable to the Henry County Police Department, along with the case number, your name, and a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Henry County Police Department
Records Unit
108 South Zack Hinton Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253

 
 

Georgia Criminal History Reports

The Records Unit accepts requests for Georgia Criminal History Reports for personal or employment reasons. Request for Criminal History information must be made in person. You must present valid photo identification, Social Security Card and complete and sign a waiver form.

There is a $25.00 fee to obtain your personal Criminal History information which can be paid by either cash or cashiers check or money order payable to the Henry County Police Department. No Criminal History information on third parties will be released (i.e. You cannot obtain Criminal History information on anyone other than yourself).

 
 

Alcohol Permits & Badges

The Records Unit is responsible for issuing Alcohol Badges for employees who wish to work at establishments in unincorporated Henry County where such a permit is required by Henry County Ordinance. The Records Unit receives and reviews applications, conducts background checks on applicants and issues permits Monday – Friday from 8:00AM until 4:30PM and is located at the Police Headquarters at 108 South Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253.

Persons wishing to obtain an alcohol badge will be required to present a drivers license and a social security card. Required fees are to be paid in the form of cash or money order only.

Alcoholic Beverage Permit Rules and Regulations

As per Henry County Ordinance Sec. 3-14-34, the following rules and regulations for possessing an alcoholic beverage permit are in effect.

  1. No person shall be employed by a retail beer and/or wine establishment until such person has applied for and received a permit from the Henry County Police Department. Prior to issuing a permit, the Henry County Police Department shall conduct a background check on the applicant and shall collect a non-refundable investigative fee of $25.00 from the applicant to offset the cost of this background check.
  2. The application shall include the name, address, date of birth, general description of the applicant; height, weight, hair color, eye color, social security number and driver’s license or picture I.D.
  3. No alcoholic beverage permit shall be issued to any person who:
    • Has been convicted of more than one DUI offense within two (2) years or the date off application;
    • Is currently serving probation pursuant to any plea under the First Offender Act;
    • Has been convicted of any felony;
    • Has been convicted, within five (5) years from the date of application for a permit, of any misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude;
    • Has been convicted, within five (5) years of the date of application for a permit, as a habitual violator.(A conviction shall include an adjudication of guilt, a plea of guilty or a plea of nolo contendere in any criminal proceeding.)
  4. In addition to the $25.00 background fee a fee of $10.00 shall be charged upon the issuance/renewal of the permit which shall be valid for twelve (12) months from the date of issue. The permit shall be in the form of a picture identification (I.D.) badge.
  5. It shall be the duty of all persons holding any license to sell alcoholic beverages to file with the Henry County Police Department the name of the establishment, the license number and a list of all employees, with their home addresses and home telephone numbers twice annually on/or before June 1 and again on/or before December 1 of each year.
  6. All permits issued through administrative error can be terminated by the Henry County Police Department.
  7. No licensee shall allow any employee required to hold a permit to work on the licensed premises without displaying, on their person in public view, the permit issued by the Henry County Police Department.
  8. In the event that any permit holder leaves the employment of a licensed establishment, the licensee shall immediately surrender the permit to the Henry County Police Department.
  9. All permits issued remain the property of the Henry County Police Department and shall be worn by the employee at all times while at work or on duty with the licensed establishment.

Instructions for Request to Restrict (Expunge) Arrest Record

Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 35-3-37) provides for the restriction of certain criminal history records for non-criminal justice purposes when approved by the prosecuting attorney.

For Arrests AFTER July 1, 2013

For arrest occurring July 1, 2013 or later, there is no application process required. The prosecutor of your case may approve the restriction at the time of sentencing. If restriction is approved upon sentence completion, it will be noted in the sentencing documentation forwarded to the court.

For Arrests BEFORE July 1, 2013

For arrests prior to July 1, 2013 the applicant is required to apply for restriction at the arresting agency. Arresting agencies require a processing fee of $25.00 per date of arrest as authorized per § 35-3-37. Call the arresting agency for the current fee charged. (click here for a list of Henry County agencies).

The REQUEST TO REStrICT ARREST RECORD is a three page form and a Consent Form to run your background. (click here for the form)

  • Section One is completed by the applicant. Each request form may contain only one (1) Date of Arrest (there may be multiple charges for that arrest).
  • Section Two is completed by the arresting agency. The arresting agency then forwards the entire form to the prosecutor for approval/denial.
  • Section Three is completed by the prosecutor. If approved or denied by the prosecutor, the arresting agency will notify the applicant and a copy of the decision is made available. This process generally takes 2-3 weeks.

*Refunds will not be issued by H.C.P.D. when applications are not approved by the prosecutor. Requests for restrictions that have missing data will not be processed until all required data is received and the fee will not be refunded due to missing required data.

Henry County Police Department training Division is responsible for the training and education of non-certified officers prior to their entrance into the police academy. Currently, the police department sends Georgia non-certified officers to Georgia Public Safety training Center in Forsyth, GA. After successful completion of the police academy, the newly certified police officers will return to the training Division for approximately two weeks for additional departmental training requirements. At the end of the two week training period, the certified officer will be placed with a veteran Field training Officer (FTO) for a period of approximately ten weeks. During the ten week period, the certified officer will be exposed to duties as a police officer and will work together with the FTO.

The Henry County training Division is devoted to developing the skills, knowledge of sworn and civilian personnel. They provide comprehensive training to ensure our citizens are provided quality, public safety services while being treated with professionalism, dignity and respect. The training Division provides continuous training for all personnel. training includes, but is not limited to, the following topics, which are mandated by the State of Georgia and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police: Use of Force, Domestic Violence, Legal Updates, Search and Seizure, Off Duty Conduct, Sexual Harassment, Special Operations, and a variety of other training topics to address the ever-changing trends in law enforcement. All officers are required to maintain their state certification by attending a minimum of 20 hours of training yearly as required by the Georgia Police Officers Standards and training Council (P.O.S.T.).

The Research and Development Office serves the Support Services Division in four major areas:

  1. The R&D office serves as editorial support to the State Certification Manager to promote sound policy and procedure within the department, in conjunction with county policy and state law. It also supplies overview assistance for other written materials such as Executive Summaries and Resolutions for the Board of Commissioners. The Research element provides relevant recommendations based on pending legislation, other agencies’ successes, and industry trends which will improve present systems, cut costs in the long run, and keep operations up to date.
  2. The R&D office serves as sole grant administrator for both program/performance objectives and fiscal justification. Development consists of the acquisition and management of grant funding, and federal, state, and local compliance. The administrator identifies new grant opportunities, researches agency and county eligibility, writes and submits all requests for funding, administers all awards, and makes recommendations to the Chief of Police on grant collaborations and partnerships outside the agency. This position functions as project director for all agency fiscal operative grants as well as offering assistance to other departments throughout the county. The agency’s current grant administrator has been successful in acquiring $4M in direct awards for the Police Department since 2006 while managing 4-8 grants annually and assisting other county entities in submitting applications.
  3. The R&D office serves as Promotional Assessment Center facilitator for Sergeants’ and lieutenants’ promotional assessments via the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. This system has been in place since 2006 and is highly regarded for its tight adherence to reduced employment liability, and its systematic recognition of key promotable figures within the agency.
  4. The R&D office serves as Special Projects support for the Office of the Chief and Support Services Commander. Research accepts project outlines, parameters and anticipated outcomes from the Chief or Commander. R&D then collects and compiles data, analyzes and examines it against a specific set of criteria, then presents the results in a series of formats or narratives. This ensures that the Chief or Commander has timely, comprehensive information before him in order to make decisions regarding the agency. Special Projects can consist of surveys, Internet research, press releases, agency comparisons, community outreach, or any number of timely investments.

The Certification Manager is a law enforcement professional who manages and maintains continual compliance with all applicable standards of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Certification is a promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. These objectives are a time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies to improve their overall performances. Henry County Police Department, in the early stages of re-certification, aims to improve delivery of law enforcement services by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. The following are benefits of certification:

  • Confirmation that agency practices are consistent with progressive professional standards.
  • Greater operational and administrative effectiveness.
  • Enhanced understanding of agency policies and practices.
  • Recognition in the field of outstanding achievement.
  • Reduced liability potential.
  • Greater governmental and community support.

The Certification Manager not only manages and maintains certification files, but also assists the Commander of the Support Services Division on a daily basis.

The Quartermaster supplies support and field services to members of the Department. This Office serves the following function:

  • Manages all police equipment and uniform inventory
  • Provides a first point of contact to equipment and uniform vendors
  • Maintaining all administrative supplies and warehouse
  • Prepares requisitions for all department equipment and supplies
  • Assists in equipping department vehicles and communications gear
  • Acts as secretary to the Chaplaincy Program
  • Tests and evaluates new equipment

The Henry County Police Chaplain Program is comprised of ten (10) professional clergy members who volunteer their services to department employees, their families, and members of the community during times of crisis, conflict, or sorrow. The Chaplains are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to assist police personnel with a variety of services in the field such as death notifications, lost or missing persons, and suicides. In addition they provide counseling and pastoral services whenever such services are requested. They may respond to major incidents and disasters such as plane crashes, multiple injury incidents, or officer involved shootings providing an empathic ear, displaying a passionate interest in, and the specialized training for pastoral care. The Chaplains donate several hundred hours to the community and officers each year. The Henry County Police Department salutes these outstanding volunteers.

Who qualifies as a Police Chaplain?

  • Chaplains must be ordained or licensed ministers in good standing in a recognized religious denomination or group
  • Chaplains must be skilled in ministry and pastoral care
  • Chaplains must maintain high spiritual and moral standards
  • Chaplains must demonstrate a commitment to ministry with police officers
  • Chaplains must become familiar with and accept the policies and procedures of the Chaplain’s Program
  • Chaplains must possess a valid Georgia driver’s license
  • Chaplain applicants are subject to a background investigation prior to appointment

Criminal Investigation Division

Major Robert Savage

Robert SavageMajor Robert Savage is a native of Henry County and he began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a Deputy with the Henry County Sheriff's Department. Two years later, in 1990, he was promoted to the position of Detective in the agency. In 1991, the Henry County Police Department was formed and he joined the Agency as a Detective on the Criminal Investigations Division.

While serving within the Henry County Police Department, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the Criminal Investigations Division in 1993. He would go on to serve as a Sergeant in the Uniform Patrol Division and later, in the Internal Affairs Division in the positions of Recruiting and Background Investigations.

In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division and supervised investigative groups and major case investigations. In 2014, he was promoted to his present rank as Major over the Criminal Investigations Division.

Major Savage has received a number of Community Service Awards and Command Awards to include: Employee of the year, Chief's Choice Award, Chief's Commendation and many other commendations. He has also completed the required training leading to the POST Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Management Certifications.


The Criminal Investigations Division is divided into nine sections:

  1. Crimes Against Persons
  2. Crimes Against Children
  3. Crimes Against Property
  4. Domestic Violence
  5. Crime Scene Investigations
  6. Forensic Video/Criminal Analysis
  7. Financial Crimes
  8. Property and Evidence
  9. Special Services

The Division's responsibilities are: to identify and apprehend offenders; recover stolen property; gather, document and evaluate facts in reference to criminal activity; process crime scenes, recover and preserve evidence and property; and present evidence to various courts to seek a successful prosecution of the offender(s).

All criminal reports made to the Henry County Police Department are sent to the Criminal Investigations Division for assessment. The reports are reviewed for facts and information which would lead detectives to the identity of a suspect.

Case Assignment

Solvability factors are used to determine if a case is assigned. Some of these factors are; clear descriptions that will identify the perpetrator(s), license tag information, and direct knowledge of who committed the crime, physical evidence that can identify the perpetrator(s) or witnesses who are able to identify the perpetrator(s). There may be other factors that will also be used to determine assignment.

Citizens who are victims of crimes are encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division if they become aware of additional information that was not given to the officer at the time of the report. Due to the overwhelming number of reports, cases are only assigned if there is sufficient information or evidence to justify the expenditure of manpower on an investigation.

When a case is assigned, the detective will contact the victim within 48 hours of receiving the assignment. During the course of the investigation, the detective will maintain contact with the victim and update them on the progress of the case. When a final resolution is reached, the detective will contact the victim and advise them of the final disposition. In those instances where no information was developed for prosecution, the case will be considered inactive. Should new information be developed, the case can be re-activated for additional investigation.

Crimes Against Persons

The Crimes Against Persons Unit is tasked with investigating those cases that involve a crime of violence or sexual assault against a person. These cases include, but are not limited to, homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, assault, battery, etc.

In the case of a homicide, a number of detectives will be given specific assignments relating to the incident due to the severe nature of the crime and the difficulty in locating and prosecuting offenders.

Georgia Sex Offenders

You may search the Georgia sex offender database online here.

Crimes Against Children

The Crimes Against Children Unit is tasked with investigating all crimes dealing with juveniles who are 17 years old or younger. These crimes include but are not limited to: child molestation, unruly children, runaways, etc. These Detectives may investigate property crimes or person’s crimes dealing with juveniles depending on the charge.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Crimes Against Property

The Crimes Against Property Unit is tasked with investigating those cases that include but are not limited to theft, burglary, arson, etc.

Detectives oversee local pawn shop businesses by checking pawn shops for articles which are possibly stolen items, entering and maintaining a computerized database of all pawned articles and the investigation of persons involved with stolen pawned items. Detectives also oversee secondary metal recyclers for stolen items such as copper wire, etc.

Crime Scene Investigations

The Crime Scene Investigation Unit is responsible for complex crime scene investigations; for evaluating a scene; uses various types of equipment; develops, secures, and packages physical evidence for scientific evaluation and comparison; prepares detailed reports on the observations and activities at the scene for the law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation of the crime; testifies in court regarding the findings and processing methods used at the scene. The Crime Scene Investigation Unit is also responsible for marijuana laboratory analysis, latent print examinations and forensic photographs. The Crime Scene Investigation Unit is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While the technicians concentrate on processing the crime scene and collecting evidence, the Detectives are able to focus on the aspects of the criminal investigation.

Forensic Video

The Forensic Video Unit is currently comprised of one detective. The unit performs functions such as video enhancements, and also assists detectives with locating suspects and/or victims through the use of various databases. This unit works in conjunction with the Georgia Terrorism Intelligence Project (GTIP).

Financial Crimes

The Financial Crimes Unit is tasked with investigating those crimes that include forgery, fraud, identity theft, etc.

Georgia law provides a victim of identity theft with the option to file a police report with the jurisdiction in which the crime occurred or the jurisdiction in which they live. However, the prosecuting attorney’s council has reached an agreement that simply states the jurisdiction where the secondary offense (i.e. forgery, financial transaction card fraud) occurred will be the prosecuting jurisdiction for both offenses.

If you file a report of identity theft with this agency and it is determined through the investigation that a secondary offense occurred in another jurisdiction your case will be forwarded to that jurisdiction for prosecution.

If you are or suspect you are a victim of identity theft you should immediately close all bank accounts and credit card accounts. You should then contact one of the three major credit bureaus and place a fraud alert on your credit account. Some helpful resources are listed below.

Resources:

Major Credit Bureaus

Equifax Corp Experian (formerly trW) trans Union
To Order Report: To Order Report: To Order Report:
800-997-2493 888-397-3742 or
800-520-1221
800-888-4213
Fraud# 800-525-6285 Fraud# 800-311-4769
(press option 4)
Fraud# 800-680-7289
Website Website Website

Checks

Stolen checks or bank accounts set up fraudulently in your name, call these check guarantee companies. They can flag your file so that counterfeit checks will be refused.

  • CheckRite: (800) 766-2748
  • Chexsystems: (800) 428-9623
  • CrossCheck: (707) 586-0551
  • Equifax: (800) 437-5120
  • International Check Servics: (800) 526-5380
  • SCAN: (800) 262-2771
  • TeleCheck: (800) 710-9898
  • National Check Fraud Center: 1-843-571-2143

Consumer Advocacy Groups

  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: 1717 Kettner Ave., Ste. 105, San Diego, CA 2101. Phone: (619) 298-3396; Email & website.
  • U.S. Public Interest Research Group: 218 D St. S.E., Washington, DC 20001. Phone: (202) 546-9707; Email & website.

Property & Evidence Mission Statement:

The Property & Evidence Section is a section within the Criminal Investigations Division. The section receives and stores evidentiary, found, and safekeeping items for the Henry County Police Department (HCPD) and the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force (FCDTF). The section is responsible for returning items to the rightful owners when possible. Any items that have not been picked up in a timely manner or are no longer needed by the courts are destroyed or auctioned off, after a diligent search for the rightful owner.

Evidence Items:

Items with evidentiary value for criminal prosecution that are submitted to the Property & Evidence Section will be held until after disposition by the courts for the criminal case for which it was collected. In cases with multiple defendants, all items will be held until the last disposition is completed. The items will be held for a total of 90 days after the final disposition by the courts. With some exceptions, after the case been disposed of and after all appeals are heard, property which was collected for evidentiary purposes may be released to the rightful owner with permission of the prosecutor’s office in writing.

Found Property/Items:

Periodically, officers with the Henry County Police Department will respond to and collect “found property” for which the owner cannot be located. Found property will be retained by the Property & Evidence Section for a period of 90 days. During the 90 day period, found property may be released to the rightful owner. All found property not collected after the 90 day hold is subject to court ordered disposal pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia.

Safekeeping Items:

Safekeeping items are items held because the lawful owner is unable to temporarily maintain custody or is unwilling to assume custody. All safekeeping items will require a written release from either the entering officer/detective/agent or the courts. After the 90 days of being held, the safekeeping items will be destroyed or auctioned pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia.

Location of the Property & Evidence Section:

We are located inside the Henry County Police Department's Headquarters building at 108 South Zack Hinton Parkway McDonough, Georgia 30253. You will need to drive to rear of the building from the right side entrance (next to the Wells Fargo Bank). You will see a concrete walk up ramp. Walk up the ramp and knock on the metal door.

Hours of Operation and Items Release Appointment:

Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm. Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm.

Retrieval of items held by the Property and Evidence Section is by APPOINTMENTS ONLY. Appointments are necessary due to the high volume of items being released and allows for release approvals to be obtained before your arrival. This will reduce the overall wait time. Appointments must be scheduled prior to picking up items. You can schedule either by calling the Property & Evidence Section voice mail system at phone number 770-288-8396 or by email.

Please leave your name, phone number, police department case number, and a description of the item(s) in question. Leaving an incomplete message or email will delay any possible response. Property & Evidence will respond to your message within one complete (24 hours) business day.

What to bring to retrieve items?

Persons who wish to retrieve items that are in the custody of the Henry County Police Department must present themselves in person to the Property and Evidence Section and must furnish a valid government issued photo identification card along with proof of ownership in the form of a bill of sale prior to any property being returned. If you have no bill of sale, a Declaration of Ownership form will be provided and signed by the owner.

Exceptions (Firearms)

Persons who have been convicted in any court of felony, or a qualifying misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) generally are prohibited under federal law from possessing any firearm or ammunition in or affecting commerce (or shipping or transporting any firearm of ammunition in interstate or foreign commerce, or receiving any such firearm or ammunition).

This prohibition also applies to federal, state, and local governmental employees in both their official and private capacities. Violation of this prohibition is a federal offense punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.

Additionally pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 17-5-51, any device which is used as a weapon in the commission of any crime against any person or any attempt to commit any crime against any person, any weapon the possession or carrying of which constitutes a crime or delinquent act, and any weapon for which a person has been convicted of the crime of carrying a concealed weapon, as provided for by Code Section 16-11-126, are declared to be contraband and are forfeited.

Firearms and weapons cannot be returned to persons who fall within these categories. A criminal background check is mandatory for all persons who wish to retrieve a firearm from the Property & Evidence Section.

Special Services | Drug Hotline: (770) 288-6272

The Special Services Division has merged with the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force (F.C.D.T.F.). They are responsible for the enforcement of applicable laws pertaining to narcotics and dangerous drugs, the latent investigations of organized crime groups and criminal enterprises engaged in narcotics trafficking, illegal gambling, prostitution, pornography, regulation of alcoholic beverage laws and escort services. Members from the unit work with various agencies including the DEA, GBI and US Marshal’s Office.

If you suspect or know of criminal activity in your community, please call our Drug Hotline at 770-288-6272 or you can submit a tip online by visiting www.FCDTF.com. You may remain anonymous.
 

Signs & Symptoms of Drug Use

If a person shows any of the following symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is using drugs. The presence of some of these behaviors could be the product of stress. Others may be symptoms of depression or a host of other problems. Whatever the cause, they may warrant attention, especially if they persist or if they occur in a cluster. A mental health professional or a caring and concerned adult may help a person successfully overcome a crisis and develop more effective coping skills, often preventing further problems.

It is important to watch for any significant changes in the person’s physical appearance, personality, attitude or behavior.

Physical Signs

  • Loss of appetite, increase in appetite, any changes in eating habits, unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Slowed or staggering walk; poor physical coordination.
  • Inability to sleep, awake at unusual times, unusual laziness.
  • Red, watery eyes; pupils larger or smaller than usual; blank stare.
  • Cold, sweaty palms; shaking hands.
  • Puffy face, blushing or paleness.
  • Smell of substance on breath, body or clothes.
  • Extreme hyperactivity; excessive talkativeness.
  • Runny nose; hacking cough.
  • Needle marks on lower arm, leg or bottom of feet.
  • Nausea, vomiting or excessive sweating.
  • tremors or shakes of hands, feet or head.
  • Irregular heartbeat.

Behavioral Signs

  • Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause.
  • Changes in friends; new hang-outs; sudden avoidance of old crowd; doesn't want to talk about new friends; friends are known drug users.
  • Change in activities or hobbies.
  • Drop in grades at school or performance at wor
  • Change in habits at home; loss of interest in family and family activities.
  • Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness.
  • General lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, "I don't care" attitude.
  • Sudden oversensitivity, temper tantrums, or resentful behavior.
  • Moodiness, irritability, or nervousness.
  • Silliness or giddiness.
  • Paranoia
  • Excessive need for privacy; unreachable.
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior.
  • Car accidents.
  • Chronic dishonesty.
  • Unexplained need for money, stealing money or items.
  • Change in personal grooming habits.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Always remember that any one of the above signs may not be enough to indicate substance abuse but should be enough to suggest that there may be a problem. There are several other signs and symptoms that relate more specifically to the mental and physiological effects of substance abuse.

Drug Specific Signs and Symptoms:

  • Marijuana: Glassy, red eyes; loud talking and inappropriate laughter followed by sleepiness; a sweet burnt scent; loss of interest, motivation; weight gain or loss.
  • Alcohol: Clumsiness; difficulty walking; slurred speech; sleepiness; poor judgment; dilated pupils; possession of a false ID card.
  • Depressants: (including barbiturates and tranquilizers) Seems drunk as if from alcohol but without the associated odor of alcohol; difficulty concentrating; clumsiness; poor judgment; slurred speech; sleepiness; and contracted pupils.
  • Stimulants: Hyperactivity; euphoria; irritability; anxiety; excessive talking followed by depression or excessive sleeping at odd times; may go long periods of time without eating or sleeping; dilated pupils; weight loss; dry mouth and nose.
  • Inhalants: (Glues, aerosols, and vapors ) Watery eyes; impaired vision, memory and thought; secretions from the nose or rashes around the nose and mouth; headaches and nausea; appearance of intoxication; drowsiness; poor muscle control; changes in appetite; anxiety; irritability; an unusual number of spray cans in the trash.
  • Hallucinogens: Dilated pupils; bizarre and irrational behavior including paranoia, aggression, hallucinations; mood swings; detachment from people; absorption with self or other objects, slurred speech; confusion
  • Heroin: Needle marks; sleeping at unusual times; sweating; vomiting; coughing and sniffling; twitching; loss of appetite; contracted pupils; no response of pupils to light.
  • Tobacco/Nicotine: Smell of tobacco; stained fingers or teeth.

Special Victims Unit (SVU)

The Henry County Police Department received a grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime and is administered by the state of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. This grant is funded under the STOP Violence Against Women Criminal Justice Systems Improvement Initiative. The purpose of this Grant is to assist State and local agencies in developing and strengthening effective law enforcement/prosecution strategies and enhance victim’s services in cases involving violent crimes against women.

The Henry County Police Department has partnered with the Haven House, Henry County Courts, Henry County District Attorney’s Office, Henry County Solicitor General’s Office, and the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center in a collaborative effort to meet the stated goals of enhancing the safety of women victims of violent crimes, to increase officer accountability, and to participate in appropriate training to address the specific needs of racial and ethnic minorities.

The Special Victims Unit is located within the Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division and is staffed by a detective sergeant, three detectives and a Spanish speaking liaison.

The Special Victims Unit detectives are assigned cases which involve female victims over the age of twelve. These victims have been involved in incidents of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking. The assigned detectives are tasked with the responsibility of incident follow-up and investigative actions prior to the final adjudication. Detectives contact the victims in order to provide additional services that are available at the state and local level which may provide avenues for further assistance to the victim.

The liaison position facilitates communications between public safety, the courts, the Haven House, the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center, and with victims themselves. The position will increase all victim contact by performing accurate and consistent communications, follow-up, and assistance to stakeholders. The liaison works with sworn personnel to assist victims through the criminal and civil justice system and helps to ensure offender accountability.

Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is an abusive crime that affects victims and their families long after the crime has been committed. It takes many forms - physical, mental, verbal or sexual - and it often begins with the abuser blaming the victim for his or her own feelings of inadequacy and inferiority. Victims often feel powerless to escape the violence because of the controlling nature of the abuser. But, in Henry County and throughout the state, there are systems and laws in place to protect the victims, and place responsibility for the crime where it belongs - with the abuser.

Are you a victim of Domestic Violence?

Does your spouse or partner say things to embarrass insult or ridicule you? Isolate you, withholdaffection, or physically harm you? Blame you for the abuse or excuse the violence because of what you did or didn’t do? If so, you may be a victim, or have the potential of becoming one. Now there’s help, but to access that help you must acknowledge the problem.

Victim's Bill of Rights

If you want to get on with a normal life, there are a few things you need to know. For example, did you know that you have a Victim’s Bill of Rights, or that you can file a temporary protection order (TPO) against your abusive spouse or partner, or that you can even be compensated for expenses incurred as a result of domestic violence?

Under the Victim’s Bill of Rights, you have the right to notification regarding:

The suspect’s arrest, the suspect’s release and consideration of release, judicial proceedings where release is considered, victim’s compensation, legal proceedings of a criminal case throughout the judicial process, appellate proceedings, Georgia corrections and Parole Board notification procedures and services, Attorney General’s notification procedures in death penalty cases upon suspect’s conviction.

You also have the right to:

  • Express your opinion regarding proceedings/disposition.
  • If bond is granted, the victim may file a written complaint with the prosecuting attorney asserting any acts or threats by the accused, and the prosecuting attorney may move the court to revoke bond.
  • A private waiting area during court proceedings.
  • Request that defense counsel not disclose victim information to the accused.

If you wish to exercise these rights and request notification, you must do so in writing, providing a current address andphone number to the notifying parties which may include arresting, investigating and custodial law enforcement agencies, and the prosecutor’s office, as well as the state agencies listed above at the appropriate time in the judicial process. To receive further information or assistance in asserting these rights, please call 770-288-6400 and ask for the victim services director.

Under the Victim’s Bill of Rights, you also have the right to protection from intimidation and harm. Specifically, you can file a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) against your abusive spouse or partner, which orders the abuser to refrain from harassing, injuring, maltreating, molesting, harming, stalking or abusing you or your children. It orders your abuser not to come within 500 yards of you or your children, including your home, your work, and your children’s day care or school. If the order is violated, your abuser will be arrested.

What to Do if your TPO is violated?

If your abuser violates your active and valid TPO, call 911 immediately! Tell the operator that you have a TPO and describe what your abuser has done to violate the order. You should also contact your attorney or legal advocate and notify them of your abuser’s offense. A TPO is not valid unless a Superior Court Judge has signed the order. The TPO order does have an expiration date so please be aware of that date.

Domestic Violence Assistance

The Flint Circuit Council on Family Violence (The Haven House) provides services free of charge to the community. These services include a 24-hour crisis line, legal advocacy, case management, therapy, support groups, resettlement and follow-up services. Legal advocates can assist with obtaining temporary protective orders (TPO) or stalking orders through the superior court. The 24-hour crisis line is 770-954-9229. If you have other questions about services provided, contact the agency at 770-954-1008 during normal business hours.

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Assistance

The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault center offers hospital accompaniment, victim advocacy, 24-hourcrisis counseling, legal advocacy and accompaniment, as well as other services. The 24-hour crisis line number is 770-477-2177. If you have further questions about services provided, contact the agency at 770-603-4045 during normal business hours.

Crime Victim Compensation

Being a victim of domestic violence not only affects you physically and emotionally - it can also be financially devastating. The Victim’s Bill of Rights gives you the right to receive compensation and/or restitution from your abuser. Georgia’s Crime Victim’s Compensation Program was created to assist victims - even victims of domestic violence - with crime related expenses, including medical bills, counseling expenses, lost wages, and funeral expenses that are not covered by insurance or other sources.

So, if you feel helpless and hopeless, don’t - there is help and there is hope. These agencies will advise you on the actions you should take - in total confidence. Regain control of your life and the lives of your children by contacting any of the following resources:

  • Crisis Resources Of North Georgia (770) 503-7273
  • Henry County Magistrate Court (770) 288-7700
  • Henry County Sheriff’s Office (770) 288-7100
  • Henry County Police Department (770) 288-8200
  • McDonough Police Department (770) 957-1218
  • Locust Grove Police Department (770) 957-7055
  • Hampton Police Department (770) 946-4513
  • Office of District Attorney
  • Victim Services – Felonies (770) 288-6351
  • Henry County Solicitor’s Office – Misdemeanors (770) 288-7178
  • Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Georgia Crime Victim’s Compensation Program (404) 559-4949
  • Georgia Corrections & Parole Board
  • Office of Victim Services (404) 651-6668
  • Attorney General’s Office
  • Death Penalty post-conviction case only (404) 463-2581
  • State Probation Office – Felonies (770) 954-2004
  • Sentinel Probation – Misdemeanors (770) 914-6961
  • Georgia Legal Services (770) 535-5717
  • Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 33-HAVEN
  • Preventing Sexual Assault

Uniform Patrol Division

Major James "Jim" Burch

Jim BurchBefore beginning his career with the Henry County Police Department in 1992, Major Burch served five years of active duty with the US Air Force. Soon after beginning his career with HCPD in 1992, Burch transferred to the Narcotics Investigations Division and served as a K-9 Handler/Interstate Criminal Interdiction Officer. Then in 1994 he was promoted to Detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. Burch was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 1994 and was assigned to Uniform Patrol Division. In 1996 he was transferred to supervise a newly formed TAC/K-9 Unit that was designed to respond to high crime areas, work Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Criminal Interdiction, and serve as an on duty entry team. Then in 1998 he was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division where he supervised the Crimes Against Property and the Crimes Against Person Investigations.

Major Burch joined the United States Air National Guard in 1995 and served until 2004, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. In September, 2001 Burch was activated by the United States Air Force and served a two-year tour in the US and overseas. Upon his return from active duty service in 2003, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and worked in the Uniform Patrol Division, Special Operations Division, and Criminal Investigations Division. In 2007, he was the first Police Officer from Henry County to be assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Atlanta. On November 1, 2010, Burch was promoted to Captain. As Captain, Burch served as the Internal Affairs Division Commander where he was responsible for internal Affairs investigations, hiring and recruiting, and open record requests, and as the North Precinct Commander where he supervised the opening of the Fairview Precinct and then as the South Precinct Commander.

In June 2014, Burch was promoted to Major and serves as the Commander of the Uniform Patrol Division.

Major Burch is a 2011 graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 244.


The Uniform Patrol Division comprises approximately two thirds of all Departmental personnel and handles a wide variety of uniform services in addition to basic Patrol Operations. As with most progressive law enforcement agencies, the Department embraces the “Community Oriented Policing” philosophy. This allows the UPD to garner support from the citizenry directly and in a timely manner, thus creating a pro-active rather than re-active response to crime and emergencies. This facilitates the highest quality of leadership and experience for such a large command.

The UPD also contains several smaller units of a specialized nature. This is necessary because some law enforcement tasks require specialized training, experience, and equipment. Officers assigned to these units meet rigorous standards and commit to reside in the units for minimum specified periods of time.

Geographically, the UPD patrols an area comprised of 324 square miles, as Henry County is one of the larger counties in Georgia. Interstate 75 and Interstate 675 intersect the jurisdiction thus creating the need for decentralization of UPD personnel. Therefore, the jurisdiction, is divided into two main precincts, North and Central.

The North Precinct is geographically located in the City of Stockbridge while the Central Precinct is co-located at Department Headquarters in McDonough, plus one mini-precinct located in Tanger Mall in Locust Grove.

A senior manager holding the rank of Captain commands the North Precinct. In addition, a Watch Commander holding the rank of lieutenant commands each watch or shift. The Watch Commander will control patrol operations within the designated precinct area and direct the Shift Sergeants, who oversee the actual patrol operations.

The precinct areas are subdivided into patrol zones to facilitate the quickest response times. Since the Department’s inception, the call for service volume has increased dramatically. Concurrently, Henry County has become one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. This has created the need for flexibility and creativity in patrol operations. Officers assigned to the UPD enjoy many benefits not seen in less progressive agencies such as a four-day work week and a take home car program for resident officers. These benefits enhance the public image while projecting visibility throughout the community and represent the progressive nature of the UPD.

A senior manager holding the rank of Captain commands both the North & South Precincts.

The Community Oriented Policing Unit (COPS) Unit has the responsibility to assist the Henry County Police Department and law enforcement officers implement and enhance community policing. Community policing requires police and citizens to join together as partners in the course of both identifying and effectively addressing issues.

The core elements of community policing are described below:

Organizational Elements:

  1. Philosophy Adopted Organization-Wide
  2. Decentralized Decision-Making and Accountability
  3. Fixed Geographic Accountability and Generalist Responsibilities
  4. Utilization of Volunteer Resources
  5. Enhancers

Tactical Elements:

  1. Enforcement of Laws
  2. Proactive, Crime Prevention Oriented
  3. Problem-solving

External Elements:

  1. Public Involvement in Community Partnerships
  2. Government and Other Agency Partnerships

The Henry County COPS Unit along with agencies across America and the world sponsor the National Night Out event once a year. National Night Out is an event held by local communities to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for the anti-crime programs, strengthen the neighborhood spirit and community- police partnership. National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation.

The Henry County COPS Unit sponsors the following programs:

  • Women’s Self Defense
  • Citizens Police Academy
  • Neighborhood Watch Program
  • Robbery Preventions Tips
  • Burglary Prevention Tips
  • Elderly Safety Tips

C.A.G.E.

The Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.) is responsible for the investigation and apprehension of street criminals and gang members. The Unit collects and provides intelligence to other divisions within the police department and other agencies in the State. The Unit also provides classes and lectures about gangs throughout the community.

Highway Enforcement of
Aggressive traffic

H.E.A.T.

H.E.A.T.

The H.E.A.T. Unit is comprised of one Sergeant and three Officers of the Uniform Patrol Division. This unit is part of a Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force that is comprised of law enforcement agencies around the state, organized by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, which have come together to combat aggressive traffic.

H.E.A.T. is designed to educate about, and enforce laws related to proper Safety Restraint usage for adults and children, laws governing speed enforcement, impaired and aggressive driving. Each officer is armed with materials to educate county citizens about our laws related to each of those areas. The H.E.A.T Unit uses Radar and Lasers units for the enforcement of speed. The Unit conducts DUI Checkpoints throughout the year for the apprehension of impaired drivers. Education and enforcement must go hand in hand if we are to be successful in reducing the number of serious injury and fatality motor vehicle crashes on our highways.

 

Click It or Ticket

Click It or Ticket

Click It or Ticket (CIOT) is the most successful seat belt enforcement campaign ever, helping create the highest national seat belt usage rate of 82 percent. Coast to coast, day or night, the message is simple - Click It or Ticket.

 

Operation Zero Tolerance

Operation Zero Tolerance

Operation Zero Tolerance (OZT) is a statewide enforcement initiative to raise driver awareness to the deadly consequences of Impaired driving. Impaired drivers cause one-out-of-five fatality crashes on Georgia highways each year. Drivers who violate Georgia’s DUI laws will go to jail! If you’re Over The limit–you’re Under Arrest.

For more information about traffic Safety, Seatbelt Use, Child Safety Seats and Impaired Driving click on the links below:

Henry County POlice Department Honor Guard

The Henry County Police Department’s Honor Guard exists for the purpose of rendering proper honors, and ensuring that established protocols are followed at Departmental functions. These functions include Memorial Ceremonies, Officer and dignitary funerals, building dedications, and any other details directed by the Chief of Police. The Honor Guard is comprised of an Honor Guard Commander, Assistant Commander, and twelve Officers.

The unit is a member of the National Association of Honor Guard Commanders, and provides support for other agencies in the form of assisting them in preparing for and executing ceremonies at their request.

Henry County Police K-9 Unit

The K-9 Unit currently consists of three (3) officers who have each been assigned a canine “partner”. All three (3) current canines are dual purpose dogs that are trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, tracking, article/area searches, building searches and handler protection.

The goal of the K-9 Unit is to diminish criminal activity by utilizing traffic enforcement and criminal patrol techniques on Interstate 75 and on Henry County’s highways and surface streets. The K-9 Unit also provides assistance to all other divisions within the police department as well as other law enforcement agencies who need the use of a K-9.

The Henry County Police Department Motorcycle Unit, which falls under the command of the Uniform Patrol Division, operates year round as part of our Special Operations Division. The Motorcycle Unit currently is comprised of one sergeant and five officers and are assigned the Harley Davidson Police Road King motorcycle.

The primary function of the Motorcycle Unit is aimed at reducing the number of serious injury and fatality collisions through a strict enforcement of the Georgia traffic laws. Other duties include providing additional police presence during special events, assisting with traffic control at serious incidents, providing motorcycle escorts for large public events. The Motorcycle Unit, in conjunction with the C.O.P.S. Unit, work closely in educating citizens with traffic related needs.

The Reserve Officer Unit is an extension of the Henry County Police Department. It currently consists of 13 volunteers, who are trained to assist the police department and the citizens of the county. The unit is supervised by the Uniform Patrol Division Commander and consists of one (1) Captain, one (1) lieutenant, two (2) Sergeants.

The primary purpose of the reserve unit is to assist the department whenever needed. Often times, this can be on very short notice. The police department can page anywhere from one to all reserves, depending on the need for situation. Page-outs can be for any number of reasons (day or night), including severe weather conditions, fire scene protection, lost/missing person(s) searches, crime scene protection, serious traffic accidents, power outages or special details, as needed by the police department.

The Reserve Unit officers work full time private sector jobs and volunteer a minimum of twenty (20) hours a month with the police department. The officers are mandated and are required to meet all qualifications and standards of a police officer.

S.W.A.T.

The Henry County Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics team (S.W.A.T.) is a highly trained and specially equip group comprised of sworn police officers and paramedics. Ready at a moments notice, they respond to High Risk Situations that are beyond the scope of normal departmental duties, and require assets that are not normally available to the rest of the Department.

The S.W.A.T. Team is utilized for the following incidents:

  1. Hostage/sniper/barricaded gunman situations
  2. V.I.P. protection
  3. Rescue of personnel or civilians who have been captured, isolated, or endangered as a result of a tactical situation
  4. Riot control during civil disturbances
  5. Perimeter control during protracted situations
  6. Searches for missing persons
  7. Assistance with large-scale street level drug operations
  8. Service of narcotic search warrants as deemed necessary by the Narcotics Commander Rescue /relief assistance during natural or man-made disaster
  9. Situations of mutual aid to other jurisdictions
  10. Bomb threats and bomb emergencies
  11. Security coverage for special events
  12. All other as directed by the Chief of Police

Members train monthly to hone their skills and to maintain the highest level of job proficiency. This training is in addition to their normal duties, and is completely voluntary. Although extremely demanding, there is a high level of personal satisfaction experienced by each member during their tenure. Members also train with other State and Local agencies to experience other methods, philosophies, and for possible inter-agency deployment.

The selection process for assignment to the team is extensive, and includes both physical and mental challenges. Candidates undergo a grueling day of trails to include; Firearms Proficiency, Tactical Shooting, Push-Ups and Sit-Ups, Timed Obstacle Course, Officer Down Drill, ¼ Mile Sprint, and Rappel Familiarization. Each Candidate is the subjected to an Oral Interview Board and Internal Personnel File Review. The Henry County Police S.W.A.T. team only selects those with the highest level of Leadership Potential.

School Crossing Guards

Henry County School Crossing Guards

The School Crossing Guard is a subdivision of the Community Oriented Policing Unit. Henry County Police Department employs non sworn personnel to ensure that our children can safely attend school. They are present twice a day, five days each week, to provide the motoring public the proper assistance in crossing through our school zones with the utmost safety, while experiencing the least amount of inconvenience. Often times, the school crossing guards are required to work in the worst of conditions, particularly during inclement weather.

These highly dedicated, part-time employees are an invaluable resource for both the police department and the school system. We are indeed indebted to these loyal individuals.

The traffic Unit is comprised of one Sergeant and five officers. The traffic Unit is tasked with investigating all fatal motor vehicle crashes; response to serious injury crashes; and investigates/reviews all Hit and Run accidents.

Vehicle Accident Simulation Click on the image to the left to view a vehicle accident simulation presentation.

Below are some other links of interest:

Pay & Benefits

 

Pay

Annual Salary: Minimum Maximum
Non-Certified Officer: $33,644.00 $50,465.94
Certified Officer: $36,523.76 $54,785.54
 

Vacation:

  • 0 – 5 years: 10 days annual leave accrued yearly
  • 6 – 15 years: 15 days annual leave accrued yearly
  • 16 -20 years: 20 days annual leave accrued yearly
  • 21 + years: 23 days annual leave accrued yearly
 

Sick Leave:

Sick leave is earned at the rate of one day per month for a total of twelve days.

 

Holidays:

The Board of Commissioners designated the following days as paid holidays for employees of the County:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Following Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day Day before or after Christmas Day

Up to two (2) additional floating holidays may be designated annually based upon recommendation of the County Manager and Board approval.

 

Retirement Plan:

The County offers a defined benefit retirement plan to all full-time employees. Each employee is required to participate and must contribute a minimum of 6% of their bi-weekly salary. The County contributes 8.8% of the employee’s salary bi-weekly. Any contributions over 6% by an employee will go to a 457 account. Employees are fully vested after five years of employment.

Public Safety Employees (sworn police officers who are certified by POST) are eligible to retire at the age of 55. All other employees are eligible to retire at the age of 60.

Requirements

 
The Henry County Police Department is currently accepting applications for Certified Police Officers, and occasionally accepts applications for Non-Certified Officers. For online applications, please go to the Apply Online section of this website or call (770) 288-8205 to have an application mailed to you. Feel free to contact us for any additional questions.
All applicants will have to pass a physical agility test. This test consists of push-ups, sit ups and an obstacle course. Once the physical agility testing is complete, all applicants are required to take a written examination, where they must achieve a passing score.
During this phase of the process, we will check your Criminal History, Driving History, Credit Report, Military Records, Past Employment, Personal References, etc.
This is known as the Hiring Board. A panel of Police Department employees will interview and ask questions of potential candidates.
This examination is based on the information package that you provided in your Background Investigation Booklet, and used to verify the truthfulness of the candidates answers.
After successful completion of the Oral Interview, you will then be scheduled for a psychological test, as well as any additional test or tests required by the medical psychologist.
A medical doctor’s examination, blood test, and urinalysis is required prior to employment.
  • Initial Application: Must be 21 Years of Age
  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Vision: 20/40 corrected in one eye and 20/20 corrected in the other eye with uncorrected vision of 20/100; color blindness is acceptable if not a significant deficiency.
  • Driver’s License: Must have a valid license; and not withstanding three or more moving violations within a rolling three year time frame.
  • Health & Well Being: Good Physical and mental health
  • Character: Good Moral Character
  • Criminal Record: No Felony convictions
  • Domestic Relations: No domestic violence convictions
  • Citizenship: Must be a United States Citizen
  • If Veteran: Honorable Discharge

Phone Directory

Office of the Chief
Chief Keith Nichols
Deputy Chief Mark Amerman
(770) 288-8204

Internal Affairs
Captain Mike Ireland
Sergeant Danny Gibbs 
(770) 288-8205

Recruitment  
Investigator Roger Pike
(770) 288-8334

Support Services Division
Major Keith Going
(770) 288-8200

Records / GCIC Unit
Lynn Norman, Supervisor
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
(770) 288-8200

Training Division
Lieutenant Randy Lee
(770) 288-8335

Property and Evidence 
(770) 288-8312

Uniform Patrol Division
Major Jim Burch
(770) 288-8285

Criminal Apprehension Gang Enforcement Unit (C.A.G.E.) Hotline
Sergeant Denise Torrence
(770) 288-8305

Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.)
Sergeant Scott Cumbie
(770) 288-8285

K-9
Sergeant Jason Black
(770) 288-8285

Traffic Unit
Sergeant David Gagnon
(770) 288-8285

Watch Office
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
(770) 288-8210/8328 Headquarters 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. 
(770) 288-7573 North Precinct 
(770) 389-6272 Fairview Precinct

Uniform Patrol Division – Reserve Unit
Captain Mikki Bishop
(770) 288-8455

School Crossing Guards
(770) 288-8255

Other Contacts

  • District Attorney: (770)288-6400
  • Drug Hotline: (770) 288-6272
  • Magistrate Court: (770)288-7700
  • Probate Court: (770)288-7600
  • Sheriff’s Office: (770)288-7100
  • State Court Clerk: (770)288-7800

 

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Request A House/Business Check

This form can be used to request a check of your home or business while you are out of town. These requests are defaulted to a maximum of a 2-week time span. If you desire a house/business check for longer than 2 weeks, you can either submit a new request at the end of the first two week period, or contact the Henry County Police Department directly at: 770-288-8285.

Please provide the following contact information so that we may better serve you. Fields marked with an "*" are required. Please complete the form located here so that we may better serve you. Fields marked with an "*" are required.

Statistical Information Request Form

If the Crime Mapping Tool did not provide the information you need, you may submit this form for further assistance. Please be aware that requests for certain types of information may require an Open Records request. In the space below, please state the reason and details of your request. You must include at least one address (street numbers, street name, City and Zip) in the area requested or the Land Lot and District as recorded on the County Base Map. This request will be acted on in a timely manner; however, it may be as long as three business days until it is completed. If you come to pick up this report, there will be a .50 cent per page cost. If the information is emailed, then there will be no cost.

Please provide the following information so that we may better serve you. Fields marked with an "*" are required.

PLEASE NOTE: This form is not a general contact form. Information other than officer compliments will be discarded.

Please complete the form located here so that we may better serve you. Fields marked with an "*" are required.

How to file a Complaint on an Officer

The Henry County Police Department takes allegations of employee misconduct very seriously. Employees, who are determined to be guilty of misconduct, are subject to disciplinary action in the form of reprimands, suspensions, termination from employment, and/or criminal prosecution. Therefore, it is important that all complainants and witnesses take the allegations of employee misconduct seriously.

Anyone wishing to file a complaint should do so in person. Complaints can be made with any supervisor at any precinct, or can be made at the watch office or the Internal Affairs Division located at the Henry County Police Department's Headquarters.

However, any citizen, who knowingly makes a false allegation in an official inquiry, such as an internal investigation, may be subject to a Grand Jury indictment and criminal prosecution for:

  • False Statement - O.C.G.A. §16-10-20
  • False Swearing - O.C.G.A. §16-10-71
  • Any other Felony and/or Misdemeanor violation

For the above reasons, we wish to encourage that your written or taped statement be as complete and accurate as possible. Please include all the facts concerning the incident being discussed, even if some of the facts may be embarrassing.

We thank you in advance for cooperating in these investigations, and will make every effort to make a fair and impartial finding.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns in regards to the complaint process, please call (770) 288-8205. Please complete the form located here so that we may better serve you. Fields marked with an "*" are required.

Henry County Police Department provides an online community crime map

The online interactive community crime maps are designed to provide citizens and businesses a view of crime information within the City of Stockbridge and the unincorporated areas of Henry County. We have partnered with MapNimbus.com to provide a user-friendly crime information tool to the public.

Crimes

  • Know what’s happening in your neighborhood
  • Stay informed with EMAIL notifications
  • Look at trends and statistics with user- friendly reporting tools
  • Great tool for neighborhood watch programs.
Please note: Crime data is only available for the past 3 years and there may be a few days delay before current events appear on the map.

Registered Sex Offenders

  • The Henry County Sheriff’s Department maintains a live database and sex offender registry for Henry County.  Questions or concerns relating to sex offenders in Henry County should be directed to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Sex Offender Unit / Special Investigations at (770) 288-7111.
    Offender information is also available online at:
    http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=54581

Henry County Crime Mapping

 

The Henry County Police Department does not make any warranty, representation or guarantee as to the content, accuracy or completeness of any of the map data. All aspects of the data provided herein are susceptible to a degree of error due to the complexities of the process involved in compiling and mapping the data.

All materials contained on this site are distributed and transmitted AS IS without warranties of any kind, either express or implied including without limitation, warranties of title or implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall the Henry County Police Department become liable to users of this data for any loss or damages arising from the use, operation or modification of the data. The visual presentation of data is being provided strictly as a courtesy, and not as an obligation.

The mapping site should never be used to attempt to reconstruct Uniform Crime Reporting numbers, other official numbers or to correlate events to a specific location.

Requests for official statistics can be made by downloading and submitting a completed statistical information request form.

The Women’s Self Defense Program is dedicated to empowering women with knowledge to reduce the occurrence of sexual assault crimes. The program provides effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self defense and psychological well-being.

The Women’s Self Defense Program is a comprehensive course that begins with classroom instruction in risk awareness, risk reduction, crime prevention strategies, and defensive concepts followed by hands-on training in physical defense techniques. Class instruction and demonstrations will allow you to decrease your vulnerability and give you a new sense of confidence and personal power. Class activities and discussions are designed to help women identify their risks, evaluate their strengths and explore their options for dealing with the threat of sexual violence.

Physical self-defense is most effective when vulnerable areas of the body are targeted. Some of the skills taught will include multiple strikes to vulnerable areas, as well as escapes from choke holds, body grabs, wrist grasps, and defense techniques from the ground. Physical defense techniques that are easily learned, applied, and retained for all age and skill levels are taught. Students have the opportunity to test their new self defense skills in a simulated and controlled environment. The courses are taught by certified self defense instructors and include a take home-reference manual. The program is not a martial arts program.

The Women's Self Defense Program is offered to women 21 years of age and older. Survivors of sexual assault may take the course to help overcome fears and learn to regain control of their lives. As many students have stated "This program is a wise investment of your time."

Consider These Statistics:
  • 90% of self defense is in the prevention of an attack
  • 90% of crime is opportunistic
  • Acts of violence occur every 15 seconds in the United States
  • Six million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends and four thousand of those women are killed.

No men other than self defense instructors are permitted to be present during a class. Children, husbands, and boyfriends are not allowed to attend or observe the program.

Many women want to take part in this type of training, but are concerned about the physical aspects of the course. The instructors take into consideration age and physical condition, promoting the safety of all participants. While no one can give you a 100% guarantee that injury will not occur, consider the following:

  • To prepare for a possible assault, the training must be as realistic as possible.
  • It's better to learn your limits and abilities in a controlled environment instead of in an actual assault.
Class Schedule
The Police Department will be offering Women’s Self Defense Classes in 2016. Dates are as follows:
  • July 27, 28, 29
  • September 7, 8, 9
  • November 2, 3, 4

Please print the application and background consent form and submit in person or by mail to Henry County Police Dept., 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. McDonough, GA 30253.

Classes are open for citizens that live or work in Henry County and are held on Thursday and Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Each class is a 3-day session with different training at each class. All 3 classes in the session are held at the HCPD Headquarters Training Room.

Entrance Requirements 
Applicants for the Women’s Self Defense Class must meet the following criteria:
  • Minimum age of 21
  • Live/Work in Henry County
  • No prior felony arrests or crimes of moral turpitude
  • No misdemeanor arrests within six months of the application
Selection Procedure

The class is free of charge but students are selected through an application process. The names of the selected candidates are placed in the class until the maximum number is reached. Remaining applicants are then placed on a waiting list. Enrollment is limited to approximately twenty students per session.

For more information or to register for one of these sessions please contact Joni Miller at jmiller@co.henry.ga.us or by phone at 770-288-8285.

Pill Take Back Program

Pill Take Back ProgramResidents may now dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in special receptacles, in a safe and convenient manner.

Residents may drop off unwanted prescription medication from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays), at two convenient locations:

Henry County Police Department Headquarters
108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy
McDonough

Henry County Police Department North Precinct
4545 North Henry Blvd.
Stockbridge

Drugs will be incinerated along with the police department’s routine disposal of street drugs during the normal course of business.

These receptacles are not for disposing of syringes, illegal controlled substances or liquid prescription medications. If you need to dispose of any liquid medications, please see the person at the front window.

What Every Citizen Should Know

What are gangs?

Gangs are groups of people who form an allegiance for a common purpose and commit violent, unlawful or criminal activities. Today’s street gangs may claim control over a certain territory in their community and create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation there. Gangs are often involved in narcotics, which bring them a profit.

Who Joins Gangs?

Gang members generally range in age from 13-21 years old, but can be as young as 9 years old. Those who join gangs often have low self-esteem, feel unloved at home, do poorly in school and have a hard time making decisions and communicating with others. Many come from single-parent homes. Most gang members are boys, but 10% of all gang members are girls and the number is growing.

Why do Kids Join Gangs?

Kids join for many reasons, and each case is individual. However, reasons include: excitement and fun, a sense of belonging, companionship, peer pressure, attention or status, financial gain, intimidation, protection and a failure to realize what being in a gang means. Living in a gang-infested area or having a family member in a gang increases the possibility of a kid joining one.

What Risk Factors Lead to Gang Membership?

Among the risk factors are: a) lack of adequate community youth support systems and too much unsupervised time, b) poverty, c) lack of self-worth, d) poor decision-making and communication skills, e) domestic violence at home, f) media that glorifies violence, g) parent denial of a gang problem. Gang membership could also be considered a form of survival, if living in a gang-infested community.

What are the Dangers of Being in a Gang?

Gangs often have guns and drugs, exposing kids to the dangers of both. Members can be seriously hurt or killed during gang fights or criminal acts. Gang membership can also hamper education, since schools are viewed negatively by gangs.Extensive police records limit future employment opportunities. Families of gang members also face danger for their own safety from feuding gang members.

How Big is the Problem?

Many experts (and kids themselves) believe the gang problem is growing, with gangs networking across the U.S.A. rather than being confined to certain communities as in the past. And older gang members recruit younger ones to do their criminal acts, including drug trafficking and shootings. The average age of a shooter in a street gang is now 9-11 years old.

How Can I Help?

Stay informed, involved and aware. Help your children choose to refuse gang membership by becoming more involved in their lives, by building their self-esteem at home and by working to combat the gang problem in your community.


 

SOME COMMON GANG SLANG WORDS
Gang Banger: An active gang member
Home Boy or Home Girl: Gang member
Jump In: Gang initiation
OG: Original gang member
Packing: Gang member with a gun
Rag: Color of a gang member
Shooter: A gang member who uses a gun
Tagger: Someone who uses graffiti
Wannabe: Youngster who wants to be a gang member


 

Signs of Possible Gang Involvement

  • Sudden poor school grades and disinterest in school
  • Withdrawal from family activities
  • Use of unknown vocabulary (gangs have many slang words)
  • Sudden change in friends
  • Evidence of drug abuse
  • Sudden affluence
  • Use of hand signs
  • Desire for excessive privacy
  • Having a new nickname
  • Developing a bad attitude towards family, school and authorities
  • Purchase or desire to buy clothing of all one color or style
  • Wearing altered headwear (gang members often put gang information on the inside band of ball caps)
  • Changing appearance with special haircuts, eyebrow markings or tattoos
  • Use of gang graffiti on folders, desks, wall and buildings
  • Staying out later than usual

 

Protect Your Children

For their own safety, tell children:
  • Don’t wear clothing in colors or style that is gang related.
  • Don’t associate or attend parties with gang members or wannabe gang members.
  • Don’t hang out on street corners where gangs are active.
  • Don’t approach individuals in cars who seemingly want information.
  • Don’t take part in writing graffiti or hang around walls marked with it.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Avoid Denial- Many parents refuse to recognize their children’s gang involvement until it is too late. Be alert to signs of possible gang membership.

Say No to Gangs- Develop an anti-gang environment at home. Don’t let children dress in gang-style clothing. Read articles to children about gangs and help them see the natural consequences of actions.

Be a Role Model- Set a good example. Deal with anger in a healthy way, so children learn from you. Limit your intake of alcohol and don’t do other drugs. If you have a problem with drugs, get help. If necessary, work on your own self-esteem or anger control. Keep stress manageable.

Encourage Healthy Activities- Encourage children to be involved in athletics and other health-oriented group activities so they can gain a sense of belonging that way. Take elementary students to college/high schools games to promote an interest in sports. Host gang-free parties for children old enough for them.

Monitor Media- Children on the average see 8,000 murders on TV by the time they are ten years old. Watching violence on TV makes viewers become insensitive to it. Music and video games also glorify violence. Know what your children are seeing, hearing and playing. Say no to violent media.

Teach Good Values and Responsibility- Help children develop respect for each other’s property and pride in their community. Give them responsibility at home and reward them for a job well done. Teach them to set positive goals for themselves, to hold high standards and to prepare for a positive future.

Set limits- Don’t let children stay out late or spend a lot of unsupervised time in the streets. (Most gang members start with curfew violations.) Don’t allow children to write gang names, symbols or any other gang graffiti on their books, papers, clothes, bodies, walls or any other place.

Spend time together- Plan activities the whole family can enjoy. Expose children to different places outside of your neighborhood, such as parks, museums, the beach and the mountains. Let children know you want to be with them.

Communicate- Develop open, frequent communication with your children. Be positive, allow your children to come to you to discuss any topic or problem. Tell your children that you love them. Allow them to express themselves.

Know your Children’s Friends- Know who your children are hanging out with and how they and your children spend their free time. If children choose friends that are mostly from gangs, they are probably involved or will become involved in gangs, too.

Get Involved- Become active in your children’s education and in your community. Organize or join neighborhood watch groups. Discourage gangs from hanging around your area. When incidents occur (i.e.: vandalism, loitering and drug activity) report them to law enforcement officials at once.

Become Informed- Find out about gang and drug activity in your community. Learn how gang members dress, speak and behave. Attend informational meetings and read articles related to gang activity.

Citizen's Police Academy

Henry County Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy is a eleven-week program designed to educate and inform citizens about issues that face law enforcement efforts in the Henry County. Each session consists of eleven consecutive Tuesday night classes and one Saturday class at Henry County Police Department Training facilities. The instruction is comprehensive and each week separate areas of the department are covered.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is not only to help local residents better understand police work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between our community and police agencies in an effort to better address crime issues. Community Based Policing is an important and vital aspect of crime control in any community. It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized effective crime prevention effort. The Citizen Police Academy is yet another mechanism for local police departments to inform the public of what they do, improve communication, and obtain citizen input, assistance, and support throughout the county.

The instruction provided at the Citizen Police Academy will include topics relevant to Henry County crime problems, such as: crime prevention and community based policing, drugs, gangs, DUI and traffic enforcement, investigations, the Use of Force Model and use of force, firearms safety and the law, and a tour of the Henry County Jail.

How the Citizen Police Academy Benefits Residents:

  • Citizens and police officers have an opportunity to work closely together
  • Open lines of communication between community residents and their police are enhanced
  • Citizens gain the ability to make informed decisions regarding controversial issues faced by their communities
  • Citizen involvement with their local community and police departments is enhanced
  • Citizens gain a better understanding of how their police departments work and develop ways in which the community can better reduce crime
  • Citizens become aware of the problems facing their police departments

We hope the graduates of the Citizen’s Police Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Police Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join the Henry County Police Department in this rewarding program.

Academy Schedule

The Police Department offers two sessions of the Citizens Police Academy per year. The 2016 Spring Session begins on March 8, 2016 and graduates on May 24, 2016. The 2016 Fall Session begins on September 6, 2016 and graduates on November 15, 2016. The classes are held once a week on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Classes are free of charge, but involve a commitment to attend an eleven week session. Students that participate in the range class will be required to purchase a certain type of ammunition for the range weapon. Most of the classes are held at the Henry County Police Department Training Room.

Entrance Requirements

Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 21
  • Live/work in Henry County
  • No prior felony arrests or crimes of moral turpitude
  • No misdemeanor arrests within six months of the application
Please print the application and background consent form and submit in person or by mail to Henry County Police Dept., 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. McDonough, GA 30253.

Download and print the application by

clicking here

.

Selection Procedure

Citizen Police Academy students are selected through an application process. The names of the selected candidates are placed in the class until the maximum number is reached. Remaining applicants are then placed on a waiting list. Enrollment is limited to approximately thirty students per session.

For more information on the Citizen's Police Academy, please contact Joni Miller in the Uniform Patrol Division at (770) 288-8285 or by email at jmiller@co.henry.ga.us.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, together with the Henry County Police Department conducts a 6-hour Gun Safety and Firearms course taught by certified law enforcement instructors from both agencies to allow the citizens of Henry County to utilize the Public Safety Firing Range.

To take part in the Henry County Citizen’s Public Firing Range, participants must be at least 21 years of age (or 18 if active military), be a current resident of Henry County, have no felony convictions, must pass a criminal background check and successfully complete the mandatory six hour Citizens Public Firing Range Safety Course held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office located at 120 Henry Parkway in McDonough.

On the day of class, participants are to proceed to the Sheriff’s Office at 9am for classroom instruction which will address basic firearms safety, mechanics of shooting and rules of the range. Following a lunch break, participants will reconvene at the Henry County Public Safety Range for hands-on-training with our certified law enforcement instructors.

Participants must bring their own firearm, ammunition, eye and ear protection. NOTE: Do NOT bring your firearm into the Sheriff’s Office – please keep it securely locked inside your vehicle.

Upon completion of the class, a photo ID will be issued. This ID will allow you access to the range on pre-set specified dates and times. This ID must be presented upon each visit to the range and will be valid for one year from issue date.

To enroll in this class, please click on the links for the two required forms, the GCIC Consent form (for permission to conduct the required criminal history check) and the Wavier of Liability form and personally bring them to the Sheriff’s Office Monday-Friday, 8am to 4pm along with 2 forms of ID and your cash payment of $20 that covers the cost of the class, a criminal historybackground check and the photo ID. The photo ID will be valid for one year upon which time it will be necessary to personally renew the ID at the Sheriff's Office for a fee of $20. Please note,class space is limited and is served on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please contact Sharon Mitchell at the Sheriff’s Office at 770-288-7127 or contact the Police Department at 770-288-8335.

Click here for Range Dates available for those who pass the course.

District 5 Safety & Protection Night

Henry County Public Safety Annex

 

Sergeant James Curtis (Jimmy) Gilbert Sergeant James Curtis (Jimmy) Gilbert
End of Watch: Sunday, May 2, 2004
Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: 144
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Sunday, May 2, 2004

Sergeant Gilbert was killed when his patrol car struck the back of a tractor trailer that was parked illegally on the shoulder of I-75 at approximately 0600 hours. The incident occurred in the last two hours of his shift. Sergeant Gilbert was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sergeant Gilbert had served with the Henry County Police Department for 11 years, and had been in law enforcement for a total of 20 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Sergeant Gilbert was a dedicated officer and a dear friend of the police department. He served the community of Henry County with great strength and honor. His courage and leadership has not been forgotten. Sergeant Gilbert will be sorely missed.

Officer Down Memorial page.


Officer Charles Richard Thomas Haist Officer Charles Richard Thomas Haist
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 6 years
Badge Number: 110
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Suspect Info: Three in custody

Officer "Chuck" Haist was responding to a distress call when his patrol car collided with a pickup truck at approximately 0530 hours on McDonough Hampton Road, near I-75. The impact caused Officer Haist's patrol to overturn and land upside-down.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. The driver of the pickup truck was also transported to the hospital with injuries.

Three suspects were apprehended in the incident Officer Haist was responding to.

Officer Haist had served with the Henry County Police Department for 2 years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 6 years. He is survived by two young daughters.

Officer Haist was an officer who impacted the police department with his smile and personality. He showed compassion and courage to those around him. He served the Henry County community with dignity and respect. Officer Haist has impacted our lives and will not be forgotten.

Officer Down Memorial page.


Officer James Franklin Carter Jr. Officer James Franklin Carter Jr.
End of Watch: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Age: 36
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

James Franklin Carter Jr., affectionately known as “Jimmy” to his friends and Bubba to his family, was killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday April 20, 2010 while en route to work. Officer Carter was born on May 10, 1974 and was the proud son of his mother, Jerry and his father James Sr. Officer Carter grew up in Clayton County, Georgia and graduated from Forest Park HS in 1993. Although he had two separate college football scholarships, Officer Carter, who was extremely proud of his father's military service, enlisted in the US Army. Officer Carter served his country in the Army for eight years. After being honorably discharged, Officer Carter began his career with the Henry County Police Department. During his eleven year tenure with the department, Officer Carter served as a Field Training Officer, a School Resource Officer, a K-9 Handler, and a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division. Officer Carter was a dedicated and well-respected officer.

Officer Carter' leaves behind his parents, two sisters and his two children.

Officer Jimmy Carter will be missed dearly.


Officer James Franklin Carter Jr. Officer Elgin L. Daniel
End of Watch: November 12, 2012
Age: 53
Tour of Duty: 28 years
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: November 12, 2012

Police Officer Elgin Daniel was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while assisting a stranded motorist on North Henry Boulevard in Stockbridge. The motorist had run out of gas and was being assisted by Officer Daniel and a roadside assistance worker. As the roadside assistance worker put gas into the car a pickup truck entered the area and struck him and Officer Daniel before fleeing the scene. Both men were transported to a local hospital where Officer Daniel succumbed to his injuries. The roadside assistance worker was seriously injured. The driver who struck them was apprehended later that evening. He was charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, hit and run, and failure to maintain lane. Officer Daniel had served with the Henry County Police Department for two years after retiring as a lieutenant with 26 years of service with the DeKalb County Police Department.

Officer Down Memorial Page

Frequently Asked Questions

What area does the Henry County Police Department cover? 
Henry County Police Department serves the unincorporated community within the county lines of Henry County, as well as the City of Stockbridge. The cities of McDonough, Hampton and Locust Grove have police departments that serve within their city limits. A mutual aid agreement has been signed between the cities within Henry County, surrounding counties, and Henry County. During times of emergency or request from other agencies, the Henry County Police Department may assist and provide service in other communities, or other agencies may assist and provide services within Henry County.

Certain types of enforcement can and may be handled by other departments within the county, such as burning permits (Fire Dept.), domestic animal concerns (Animal Care & Control) and county code violations (Code Enforcement).

Where is the Henry County Police Department Located?
Headquarters (South Precinct)
108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. 
McDonough, GA 30253
(770) 288-8200

North Precinct
4545 North Henry Blvd.
Stockbridge, GA 30281
(770) 288-8239

Fairview Watch Office
2822 E. Atlanta Rd.
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-288-7586

How can I file a Report?

  1. Contact the police department in the city or county where the crime occurred. Talk to a police officer as soon as possible after the crime took place or as soon as you discover that a crime has occurred so your memory of the incident and individuals involved is fresh.
  2. Know that you can file a police report at the Watch Office in the local police station; by telephone, 770-288-8328 or 770-288-8210 between the hours of 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday-Friday; or ask for an officer to come to your home, if you reside in Henry County. Be prepared to answer questions such as the type of crime that transpired, items missing or damaged, name of the person who committed the crime (if known) and a description of the suspect along with his address and vehicle type (if known). Also give your contact information so the officer can follow up with you on the case.
  3. Receive a case number for your police report. Refer to the number when you want an update on your case and if you'd like a copy of the police report.
  4. Understand that there is no fee to file a police report. However, some reports may not be released or there may be a fee to get a copy of the police report. Please call 770-288-8278 to inquire on a report.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Henry County Police Department encourages all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable --- and invaluable --- personal property. “ReportIt” is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, andother valuables. In the event of theft, fire, or any other event resulting in loss of valuables, having this information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at: https://reportit.leadsonline.com/
  • Never file a false police report. This is considered a crime that is punishable under the law.

How do I obtain a copy of an accident or incident report? 
An incident report or accident report may be obtained in person from the Records Unit for $5.00. Please allow 3 business days (or 72 hours) from the date the report was filed before a request for a copy of the report is made. For your convience, accidents reports can be ordered online (for a fee) through BuyCrash.com at: https://www.buycrash.com/en

Family Violence Reports cannot be obtained unless an arrest has been made and then only the victim or aggressor will have the rights to the report. Accident reports can only be obtained by the vehicle owners or insurance companies involved in the accident. Incident and accident reports are not currently available online.

To request a report by mail, send $5.00 (cashiers check or money order payable to the Henry County Police Department) along with the case number and your name and a self addressed stamped envelope to:

Henry County Police Department
Records Unit
108 South Zack Hinton Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253

How can I get information about Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch Programs?
Please contact our COPS unit for further information at (770) 288-8275.

How do I file a complaint on an officer? 
If you have had a positive experience with the Henry County Police Department or have recently observed a member of the Henry County Police Department who you feel is worthy of a compliment, we would like to hear from you. Instructions on filing a complaint on an officer can be found here.

How do I get an Alcohol Permit?
Alcohol work permits are available from the police department Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 11:00 am and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. There is a $25.00 administrative background investigation fee for the work permit. A $10.00 fee is required for the issuance of a badge.

How do I check on the investigative status of my case?
If your report has been assigned to a detective you will be contacted within a few days of filing the report. If you have not heard from a detective and you need to talk to one, you can call (770) 288-8299 to speak to someone in the Criminal Investigation Division.

What employment opportunities are available with the Henry County Police Department?
Employment opportunities with this department can be found here.

How can I keep up with crime around my neighborhood/work/child’s school?
There are several ways to keep up with Crime in area. One of the easiest ways to keep up with crime is by following the Henry County Police Department on one of our social networking sites where we post BOLOs and other important information. The Henry County Police Department has also partnered with MapNimbus.com to provide a user-friendly interactive community crime map to the public, that covers areas within the City of Stockbridge and unincorporated of Henry County.

How can I submit an anonymous tip?
Based on the crime you are reporting there are several ways to submit an anonymous tip, you can submit a tip online at : 

SUBMIT A TIP

Or you may leave at message on one of the Hot lines listed below:

Crime Tip Hot line - 770-288-8477 
Narcotics Hot line - 770-288-6272
Gang Hotline - 770-288-8305

For emergencies or to report a crime in progress please call 911.

How can I obtain my property?
Call (770) 288-8312 to speak with a Property & Evidence Technician to ensure the evidence/property is returnable. The Property & Evidence Department is located at 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. McDonough, GA 30253 and can be accessed from the back right corner of the Police Department. Please make sure to bring proper identification and proof of ownership of the property you are requesting be released.

Does Henry County Police Department allow citizens to ride along with an officer?
Henry County Police Department does not allow citizens to ride along with patrol officers.

How do I find out where my impounded vehicle is located?
Henry County Police Department utilizes Swanson’s Wrecker Service and Elkins Wrecker Service. If your vehicle was impounded north of Jonesboro Road, you should first check with Swanson’s Wrecker Service: phone (770) 320-7912 or (770) 474-7955. If your vehicle was impounded south of Jonesboro Road, you should first check with Elkins Wrecker Service: phone: (770) 957-3911.