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Hurricane Relief Supplies On The Way To Houma, Louisiana

The Tift County Sheriff's Office has adopted the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office in Houma, Louisiana after the recent devastation from Hurricane Ida.  Today 13 pallets of supplies, which were locally donated, left Tifton on their way to Houma.  Our thanks to the local citizens who dropped off supplies at the Sheriff's Office, the City of Tifton Fire Department as well as Tift County Fire/Rescue. 

The donated supplies arrived in Houma on Thursday, September 16th.

From left to right: Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough, City Fire Chief Bobby Bennett, Samantha Diaz City Fire Coordinator, Jason Walker Tift County Fire/Rescue Training Chief and Phillip Womack Batttalion Chief Tift County Fire/EMS.


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Sex Offender Registry Update

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New Deputy Sworn In Today

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough is shown congratulating newly sworn in Deputy Nasier Vazquez on his first day on the job.

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Sheriff Scarborough Attended Sheriff's Association Training

Sheriff Returns from Training Conference

Sheriffs' Offices in Georgia have many responsibilities such as providing courthouse security, operating jails, transporting inmates and mental patients, performing traffic and law enforcement functions, registering sex offenders and many more.  Sheriffs are the chief law enforcement officer of each county and have many mandated responsibilities by state law.  As a result of these diverse responsibilities, sheriffs must be knowledgeable of best practices and procedures in many areas.   Current concerns of law enforcement as they relate to the Office of Sheriff are addressed during training conferences sponsored by the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, Inc.

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough recently returned from the Association's annual Summer Training Conference held on Jekyll Island, August 2nd - 4th.

One hundred twenty seven sheriffs from around the state participated in the three-day event.  The sheriffs participated in multiple training sessions, received timely information from high-level state officials and conducted Association business. 

            The conference was devoted to training sessions to update the sheriffs on topics relevant to public safety and the Office of Sheriff.  Expert speakers provided training to the sheriffs on leadership, legislative and legal issues, the GSA Chaplains' Division and their support role within the sheriff's office and other mandates.

            The sheriffs also heard from representatives of the Department of Juvenile Justice, GEMA/ Homeland Security, State Board of Pardons & Parole, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the Georgia Supreme court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.   

            The services required of the Office of Sheriff in every county of the state are critical to the safety of our citizens and are unlike the mandates of all other local or state law enforcement agencies.  During this important training event, sheriffs convened to identify viable solutions to complex and costly issues facing sheriffs' offices and local taxpayers.  Their participation is vital if we are to seek out the best practices in fulfilling these important responsibilities," stated Terry Norris, Executive Director, Georgia Sheriffs' Association.

             Other highlights of the conference included the installation of the 2021-2022 officers for the Georgia Sheriffs' Association.  The newly elected officers include:  President, Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester, 1st Vice President, Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump; 2nd Vice President, Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and Secretary-Treasurer, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown.

            New officers installed for the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Inc. included: President, McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup; 1st Vice President, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff; 2nd Vice President, Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelley and Secretary-Treasurer, Colquitt County Sheriff Rod Howell. 

            The Georgia Sheriffs' Association, Inc. is comprised of 159 elected sheriffs with the support of over 70,000 honorary members throughout the state who recognize and appreciate the service of the constitutional Office of Sheriff and the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, Inc.

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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Murder Arrest Made

Arrest Made In Murder Investigation

Tifton, GA (July 13, 2021) - On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Alexis Danielle Banks, age 22, of Albany, for felony murder and three counts of aggravated assault. Banks is being held at the Crisp County Jail.

On Friday, July 9, 2021, at approximately 11:22 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Tift County Sheriff's Office to assist with a shooting investigation involving multiple victims in the 4800 block of Union Road, Tifton, Tift County, GA. A house party was being held at the location when the shooting occurred. Upon law enforcement arrival, it was discovered that Jada Golson, age 23, had been shot. Golson later died at a local hospital. Chadwick Sears, age 31, of Tifton, GA and Tenaya Ladale Hill, age 20, of Tifton, GA, also suffered from gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital.

The body of Jada Golson was transported to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tift County Sheriff's Office at 229-388-6020 or the GBI Sylvester Field Office at 229-777-2080. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

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4 New Deputies Sworn In

Sheriff Scarbrough Swears In 4 New Deputies

Sheriff Scarbrough swore in 4 new Deputies this week.  From left to right: Conner Spurgeon, Victoria Lemmert, Mark Achberger & Jacob Hall.  Welcome to the Tift County Sheriff's Office.

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Drive Alert During July 4th Weekend

Georgia DOT Reminds Motorists to Exercise Caution and Drive Alert During July Fourth Weekend

Whether you are headed on vacation or plan to stay around home for the Fourth of July, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) urges motorists to drive alert and use caution while on their way to celebrations throughout the weekend.  "The July Fourth weekend is anticipated to be one of the heaviest travel times this year particularly following a year when Georgians weren't able to travel due to COVID-19," said State Traffic Engineer Andrew Heath. "We recommend drivers pay extra attention, stay off their phones and buckle up. We want you to stay safe and enjoy your weekend activities."   Safety is always a primary concern. Georgia DOT is committed to reducing fatalities on Georgia's Roadways, but the department cannot do it alone. Through its Drive Alert Arrive Alive (DAAA) campaign, GDOT has called attention to an alarming surge in fatalities on Georgia's roads. Many of these deaths are preventable, and in 2019 70 percent of fatalities were attributed to driver behavior. DAAA implores motorists to focus on driving, to not drive distracted and to wear a seatbelt to reduce the chance of serious injury or death if there is a crash. Visit www.dot.ga.gov/DAAA to learn more.   With roadway fatalities on the rise in Georgia in 2021, Georgia DOT offers the following tips to keep drivers safe this weekend.

Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions. Pay full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Remember, Georgia is a hands-free state for mobile devices while driving. Remain in your vehicle. In the event of a crash or breakdown, GDOT advises motorists to never get out of the car on a freeway, unless your life is in imminent danger. If possible, pull off the road, turn on your hazard lights and stay seat-belted in the vehicle with the doors locked. Expect the Unexpected. Traffic conditions may change quickly. Slow Down. Don't Tailgate. Speed is a factor in many crashes. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you. Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash. And make sure your passengers are buckled up, even in the back seat of the vehicle.

As a reminder, to ease traffic congestion Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstate and secondary routes from Friday, July 2 through Tuesday July 7. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and call 511 or visit 511ga.org where you can access statewide, route-specific information on crashes, road work, traffic and weather. Callers can transfer to operators to report incidents or request assistance on interstate or state routes throughout Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs, and maintains Georgia's state and federal highways. We're involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike, and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT and its nearly 4,000 employees are committed to delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability, and mobility. The Department's vision is to boost Georgia's competitiveness through leadership in transportation.  


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Tequilla Little & Angie Fletcher Retire


Sheriff Gene Scarbrough thanked Tequilla Little, on the left, and Angie Fletcher, on the right, for each of their 20 years of service to the Tift County Sheriff's Office as they retire this week. 

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Sex Offender Registry Update

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