Police

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Thomaston Police Department to serve and protect its citizens and visitors with professionalism and respect while providing outstanding police services in accordance with the law in a fair and impartial manner.  

On behalf of the City of Thomaston and the Thomaston Police Department, welcome to our website.  The site is designed to inform citizens and visitors alike about the services the police department provides to our community.  We encourage you to use the site as an additional contact source of information and contact with the department. 

The Thomaston Police Department is a full-service agency serving the residents and visitors of Thomaston, Georgia.  The department has an authorized strength of 30 sworn police officers and 5 civilian employees.  The police department is organized into three divisions; the Office of Professional Standards (OPS), Uniform Patrol Division (UPD), and the Criminal Investigations Division (CID).  The police department also operates a K-9 Unit, provides Animal Control services, and participates in a Multi-jurisdictional Drug Task Force. 

Online Payments

To pay fines please go to the Thomaston Payments website.

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  1. UPD
  2. CID
  3. OPS
  4. SUPPORT SERVICES
  5. ANIMAL CONTROL
  6. Office of the Chief

UNIFORM PATROL DIVISION (UPD)

The most visible division of the department is the Uniform Patrol Division (UPD). The division consists of four shifts, and each shift is supervised by a Sergeant. UPD provides 24 hour law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of Thomaston.  Patrol officers are the initial responders to a wide range of calls for services. They conduct preliminary criminal and traffic accident investigations; enforce criminal and traffic laws as well as ordinances enacted by the City of Thomaston. UPD officers also assist citizens with medical and social problems through crisis intervention and or referrals to other state or county agencies.

Additional responsibilities may include holiday enforcement details, community event security and traffic control, funeral escorts, attendance at job fairs and related community events, and managing school crossing assignments.  

Division Commander

WQ2A0242Captain Tim Ledbetter has been in Law Enforcement for 29 years.  He has been employed as a Police Officer with the City of Thomaston and proudly served its citizens for over 19 of his 29 years in Law Enforcement. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. His holds six P.O.S.T. certifications which include: Basic Law Enforcement, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervision, Management, and Field Training Officer Certifications.  He has approximately 3500 hours of P.O.S.T. certified training. During his career, he has had the privilege to serve in the  Uniform Patrol Division as Sergeant, and the Criminal Investigations Division as a Sergeant and a Captain. Capt. Ledbetter is currently serving as the Uniform Patrol Division commander.

B Shift SupervisorWhit LawrenceSgt. Whitney Lawrence is a six-year veteran of the Thomaston Police Department who has had various experiences in law enforcement.  Sergeant Lawrence has worked in both the Uniform Patrol Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.  He is currently assigned as the B Shift Supervisor in the Uniform Patrol Division.  Sergeant Lawrence holds a P.O.S.T. Field Training Officer Certification, Intermediate Certification and an Advanced Certification. He is also a graduate of Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

D Shift SupervisorSgt. Ben AllenSgt. Ben Allen began his career in law enforcement in August of 2008 with the Middle Georgia College Police Department (Currently Middle Georgia State University). He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and joined the Cochran Police Department as a part time patrol officer in 2012. Ben attended training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center where he became a Drug Recognition Expert graduating with the Academic Achievement Award. He also became a Georgia Post Certified instructor and an Active Shooter Instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Sgt. Allen joined the Thomaston Police Department in 2016. During his time with the Thomaston Police Department he has served on the Uniform Patrol Division, and the Traffic Unit.  Ben became a certified Firearms Instructor in 2017 and attended Basic SWAT in 2018 where he received the Top Gun Award. Sgt. Allen now teaches and develops firearms training for the department. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2018 he was assigned as the D shift supervisor in the Uniformed Patrol Division where he is currently serving.  Sgt. Allen currently possesses an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is working on his Bachelors of Science in Psychology through Columbia Southern University.