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Many thanks to the ABH for publishing the picture of the officer providing a drink of water to the handcuffed suspect. That is a side of things that rarely sees the light of day.

Also, "good job" to the good guys/gals.

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:59

There was an article about all of this fairly recently in the ABH. It all started when the Cumming PD noticed something wrong with the records of some of their officers, and they notified POST.

POST then made announcements that agencies needed to check their records and individual officers needed to self report.

As everyone began checking records and taking action,GPSTC comes out with basically a "sorry guys, we have a problem on our end and can't verify records for an 11 month period" email.

We did have one employee who clearly tried to beat the system, and they employee was gone immediately.

posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:30

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center sent out an email stating that it can't verify whether or not people took the training for a period of 11 months. While there are certainly are officers who short cut the system, there are also plenty of officers who did nothing wrong at all. They shouldn't be implicated as cheaters without proof of cheating.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 23:55

Counties can no longer create county police departments unless the question is put toward the voters of the county (see O.C.G.A. 36-8-1). No county has created a police department since this was put into state law. There was an effort in Forsyth County years ago, and it failed.

The state constitution requires that each county have an Office of Sheriff.

All police departments be they municipal or county are completely optional under the state constitution.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 15:11

The new law is actually clear. It was the old law that was vague.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:16

Good on the citizens for standing up to nonsense.

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 09:47

Sheriff Scott Berry has announced a $500 reward in addition to any other rewards for information leading to an arrest in this case.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 13:10

[quote][b]Yellow Dog[/b] -
I would guess there's nothing wrong with it if your vehicle is in top running order. That's the owner's judgement call. I don't do it with our dogs. I have seen county sheriff's deputies (NOT OC) lock their K-9's in their vehicles and left running for an entire day while on duty and away from their vehicles for long periods of time (hours).
His was a bad judgement call induced by alcohol, IMHO.

I can't speak for other agencies, but both of our K9 vehicles have alarms and sensors in them. The handlers have a remote that receives temperature alerts, and the alarm can also active the siren and honk the horn to attract attention if the temperature gets too hot inside or the engine shuts off.

The system can also roll down the windows and turn on the fans in the kennel if the temp gets higher than the set limit.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:44

[quote][b]OconeeJoe[/b] -
If the warrant is for the porn, can you seize the marijuana during the search? Or does that require another warrant? I'd heard you can only seize what is detailed in the warrant, but don't know if that's true.

No additional warrant is needed.

Say for example we have a warrant to search for a stolen 52" flat screen TV. We can only look in places where the 52" TV could be. So, no looking in desk drawers, etc. However, if the warrant lists the TV and the remote, we can look anywhere the remote could be.

Anything discovered while looking for the items listed in the warrant is fair game.

Now, if the TV is sitting in the foyer when the front door is opened, we can't go looking in closets and up in the attic, etc, as we have located the items listed in the warrant.

The above presumes no additional probable cause has been developed.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 08:18

[quote][b]concerned citizen in athens[/b] - Did the child porn lead to the marijuana use or the other way around ???

The search warrant was for the child porn investigation. The marijuana plants were discovered after entering the residence to seize computers, etc.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:33

[quote][b]mike59[/b] - good job Chief

I'll pass that along to the personnel who did the good work. I'm proud of them.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 07:02

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - @Chief Weems: Is the US Attorney looking into filing charges? A conviction in the Federal system has a much higher time served rate.

I'm not authorized to speak on behalf of the U.S. Attorney's Office as to what actions it may be contemplating. I can say that an AUSA was kept in the loop throughout the entire case.

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 12:12

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - A 14 year old is not an adult and cannot "willingly" leave the state with someone other than a parent or guardian (note a guardian can be by legal definition, someone a parent allows to take a child across state lines).
Should have been no bond. We do not need this predator on our streets, and we all know that ankle monitors are only good it the criminal follows the rules.
The real question is why there are no kidnapping charges. Even though it was not forceful kidnapping, Mr. Coggins, knew the victim was under age and could not consent. Since he crossed a state line with the intent to commit a crime, the charge is not only justified, but the case is can be won.

A key element in the kidnapping law is that the person must have been taken/held against their will. That most definitely is not the case here. It was unlawful, but it certainly wasn't unwilling.

Crossing state lines with her is a federal charge and must be filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Bond is set by the judge.

posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 15:41

The judge just set bond at $1 Million combined for all charges.

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 13:56

The judge just set bond at $1 Million combined for all charges.

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 13:55


posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 20:17

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @Chief Weems:
Upon my retirement I went through the qualification consistent with federal law which allows retired LE officers to continue to carry their weapon. While I generally keep a weapon handy in my home or motor coach I no longer carry one on my person. I fear the weight will cause my pants to fall down and I refuse to wear suspenders. Big smile

You need a good belt.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 22:02

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] -
I guess the Marta police and Judge Thrash didn't get the memo.

That was a district court civil case. The Supreme Court has been very specific on the matter in criminal cases go so far as to say that knowledge that a person has a firearm is no different than knowledge that they have a wallet.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 21:59

[quote][b]NRAMember[/b] -
If the said person refuses to leave the premises upon request, is the charge of criminal trespass upgraded to committing a crime while possessing a firearm (even though criminal trespass is a misdemeanor)? In all reality....I'd think it's best for the person to leave immediately upon request without question.
For anyone who is curious about the laws...
The above is a link to GA gun laws. Anybody interested can read the laws as they are written. However, sometimes these laws are difficult to comprehend. If you have a question, it's better to not assume and ask an official who knows.

Being in possession of a firearm does not upgrade criminal trespass.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 21:55

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @Chief Weems:
Thank you Chief for your clarification. I know some jurisdiction in which if a person carries a weapon into an area posted as a 'Gun Free Zone' they face a criminal charge. Indeed, some off-duty police officers have had issues with school officials when they pick up their kids while armed. If a weapon is concealed it should be out of sight and nobody will or should know.

The current law and the new both provide that parents with GWCL's may be armed when picking up and dropping off their children.

16-11-130 exempts peace officers from 16-11-127.1.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 21:43

Shopping centers and the like posting no firearms allowed signs does not make carrying into such places illegal. This is true of the current law as well as the new stuff beginning on July 1.

A person does have to leave if told to do so by an authorized representative of the property. At that point it is a criminal trespass issue but not an illegal carry issue.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 18:16

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - “You don’t need a gun in a bar,” he said. “Alcohol and guns do not mix.”
He sounds like one of them gun control advocates, huh? [sarcasm]
Sheriff Thomas didn't mention that come July 1 law enforcement is forbidden from stopping a person carrying a firearm simply to check for a license to carry.
Thomas outlined basic rules that licensed gun carriers need to know...
The "unlicensed gun carriers" will already know the rules and how to use them to their advantage.

The courts have long ruled that the mere possession of a firearm was not sufficient legal reason to detain a person. All the legislature did was codify it. This is nothing new. Nothing in the current code section allows for such a detention.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 16:56

To all of the other media outlets who read/have read this story and want to do their own version, the Watkinsville Police Department is not part of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. You need to call the WPD and speak to Chief O'Dillon.

posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 14:42

[quote][b]Oistrakh[/b] - The man was warned by the cop not to drive because he`d been drinking. He had to drive to Walmart, so where`s the D.U.I.? (if you are passed out and drunk in your car and your keys are in the ignition, that`s a d.u.i.)

We can't prove that he was drunk when he drove to Walmart. We were in contact with the car for around 30 minutes prior to him coming out of the store. It appears that he was in the store for an hour or so, and we can't account for what all he did during that time.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 16:40

Deputy Williams tells me that when he approached the car, the Bulldog barked and growled at him. He called for Animal Control so that the dog could be impounded.

The owner of the vehicle came out of the store just before Animal Control arrived on scene. Deputy Williams told the man to turn on the air conditioning in the car. At point the Animal Control employee arrived on scene. Upon being told that Animal Control was going to issue a warning, Deputy Williams decided to issue the citation.

The Animal Control director has stated that they made the decision not to issue the citation because the air conditioner was running in the car upon their arrival.

posted @ Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 19:22

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