Sex Offender Has Absconded
The Tift County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for assistance in locating an absconded Level II Sex Offender.
Travoris Gragela Stevens is charged with Failure to Register.
He is a black male age 27, height 5'9''; weight 190 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Tift County Sheriff's Office 229-388-6021.
Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough with Tifton Police Chief Steve Hyman, in the white shirt, took part in today's Coffee With A Cop at Starbucks. The idea behind this event, which is held nationwide, is to bring law enforcement officers and the community members it serves together over coffee to discuss issues and learn more about each other.
Sgt. Claudia Barrios-Termunde trying her hand as a barista at the drive thru window at Starbucks.
Church Security Training
48 individuals representing 27 churches took part in a Church Security Training Monday presented by the Tift County Sheriff's Office and hosted by the First Baptist Church of Tifton in their Ministry Center. Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough said, "It's sad but necessary that we provide this Church Security training."
Captain Wingate Whitley spoke about how to improve church security in Tift Counties almost 200 churches.HAVE A Plan Church leadership should have a basic plan in place for dealing with security issues. The plan should deal with a variety of areas: Disruption of services Violence Natural disasters Medical Emergency Missing Child The plan should clearly define procedures to handle a variety of situations.
Remember the best security is awareness and that good security can be in place with minimal intrusion to the congregation. There is no assurance that a violent episode can be avoided. By taking responsibility for the safety of your Church, you will have done the best thing to prevent it.
McElhaney, Henderson & Brannon Promoted
Yolanda McElhaney, 12 years of service, was promoted to Sergeant today with Cliff Henderson being promoted to Captain with 19 years of service and Christi Brannon with 14 years of service, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant by Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.
Sgt. McElhaney serves in the Tift County Jail while Captain Henderson will be in charge of the Criminal Investigative Division and Lt. Brannon is a Criminal Investigator.
Tift County Sheriff's Office Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant
Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time
[Tifton, Ga.] - The Tift County Sheriff's Office and the Tift County Health Department were awarded the 2020 Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, the Tift County Sheriff's Office and the Tift County Health Department work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Tift County. This program is funded by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia's children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.
And it works! Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved over 300 of Georgia's children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.
"It's our responsibility to keep our children safe," said Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough. "The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes."
In Tift County, the Tift County Sheriff's Office and the Tift County Health Department educates parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offers car seat inspections and provides car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 120 counties are working to keep Georgia's children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.
For more information about the Tift County car seat program, contact the Tift County Sheriff's Office at 229-388-6021 or the Tift County Health Department at 229-386-8373. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health's Child Occupant Safety Project via email at email@example.com or by calling 404-463-1487.