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.
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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.
Captain 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 SupervisorSgt. 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 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.
Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) investigates crimes including Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglaries, Thefts, Forgery & Fraud, juvenile offenses and any other crime against an individual or property.
CID Detectives are assigned cases that they manage, collect information and evidence for identifying, apprehending and convicting offenders. Each detective is trained to handle any kind of investigation. Routinely they are called out to assist patrol division on calls requiring the gathering of evidence and information and to determine if a crime has been committed warranting further investigation.
Additionally, CID has agents assigned to a Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force that works jointly with the Upson County Sheriff's Office and other surrounding counties. The Task Force investigates and prosecutes illegal drug activity within the City of Thomaston and Upson County. They also work with other surrounding narcotics units, state agencies, and federal authorities. Thomaston CID Task Force agents are also called upon to investigate gang activity, prostitution, gambling, and illegal alcohol sales with in the City of Thomaston.
Captain Monica Snipes is a 21 year veterans of the Thomaston Police Department. For 3 years she served as a Patrol Officer with the department. She is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division where she serves as the division commander. During her time with the Thomaston Police Department she has had the opportunity to proudly serve as the department’s Juvenile/Family Protection Investigator. Captain Snipes has specialized training in the areas of child abuse, crisis intervention, sexual assaults, family violence and homicide.
Investigations SupervisorLt. George Little began his Law Enforcement career in June of 1996 and is a 23-year veteran of the Thomaston Police Department. He has had experience in various areas of law enforcement throughout his career. Lt. Little started his career as a patrolman and worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Corporal then later to the rank of Sergeant where he served seventeen years in that position as a shift supervisor in the Patrol Division. Lt. Little was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division in July of 2017 where he oversees the day to day activities of the division. He is also currently the evidence custodian for the police department. Lt. Little has completed supervision training, and is a graduate of (PMP) Professional Management Program through Columbus State University. Lt. Little is a P.O.S.T. certified Field Training Officer, Radar, Lidar operator, and Intoxilyzer 5000 and 9000 operator. He has also completed training in (CIT) Crisis Intervention Techniques, crime scene processing, criminal procedures and over 2000 hours of other Law Enforcement training throughout his 23-year career with the Thomaston Police Department.
Narcotics SupervisorSgt. Andrew Nixon is a 19-year veteran of the Thomaston Police Department and has experience in various areas of Law Enforcement. Sgt Nixon has served as a shift supervisor in the Uniform Patrol Division and served as an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division. Sgt Nixon is a P.O.S.T. certified Field Training Officer responsible for the training of over 25 new recruits to the department. Sgt Nixon has over 1,450 hours of law enforcement training including Gang and Criminal Investigations. Sgt. Nixon is an active community-oriented police officer and is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division where he is attached to the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Taskforce and oversees all drug and gang investigations for the Police Department.
OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
The Office of Professional Standards is tasked with maintaining the integrity and professionalism of the Thomaston Police Department. The office works under the Office of the Chief and is responsible for the following duties:
- Recruiting and hiring
- Field Training Officer Program
- Internal affairs
- Policy and procedure development/review
- Certification management
- Department budgeting
- Equipment management and procurement
- Internal audits/reviews
- Crime analysis
- Grant management
Major Sidney Corley is a 20 year veteran of the United States Air-Force. He began his Law Enforcement career with the City of Thomaston in 2006 as a police officer graduating at the top of his academy class. In 2009 he left for two years returning to a civilian position with the United States Air-Force. In 2011 he re-joined that Thomaston Police Department. Major Corley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a P.O.S.T. Certified Instructor. Additional P.O.S.T. certifications include Managerial, Supervisory, Advanced, Intermediate, Field Training Officer, Radar, Lidar and Basic Law Enforcement. During his career with Thomaston he has served in Uniformed Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Training, Evidence and Office of Professional Standards where he is currently assigned.
Lieutenant Brian Hammock has been with the Thomaston Police Department for 14 years. He is currently assigned to the Office of the Chief in the Office of Professional Standards Division. Lt. Hammock is on the SWAT Team and is the SWAT Commander. During his time with the Thomaston Police Department, Lt. Hammock has had the opportunity to be assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Narcotics Task Force. He holds Advanced, Intermediate and Field Training Officer Certifications. He is presently working on his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and also his Supervision Certification.
SUPPORT SERVICES UNIT
The Thomaston Police Department Support Services Unit (records) is a Sub-Division of the Criminal Investigations Divisions. Support Services is responsible for processing and maintaining reports and associated documents as mandated by the State of Georgia, as well as disseminating records to the public and to appropriate State agencies for judicial processing and statistical data collection.
Support Services Staff
Lieutenant Jeffery Little has been with the Thomaston Police Department since 1994, 25 years. He is a Field Training Officer, General Instructor and has training in Management, Supervision, Crisis Intervention and is one of the founders of the Thomaston Police Department Youth Awareness Basketball Tournament. During his time with the Thomaston Police Department he has worked as a patrolman for each shift and a shift supervisor for each shift. He has worked in the Criminal Investigation Division as an Investigator (Completed Criminal Investigation and Internal Investigation Training). He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016 and worked in the Office of the Chief and currently is assigned as the supervisor over the Support Services Unit.
Wanda Jordan joined the Thomaston Police Department in July of 1988. With over 31 years of service she is the longest tenured employee of the Thomaston Police Department. Ms. Jordan is GCIC certified (Georgia Criminal Information Center) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and is the department’s Primary TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator) operator. She is responsible for all NCIC/GCIC daily operations and ensuring that all PD staff maintains their certifications for GCIC entry/inquiry. Ms. Jordan has over a 1000 hours of state certified training in GCIC operations. In addition to these duties Ms. Jordan is the department receptionist and assists citizens on a daily basis with obtaining reports and other customer care issues.
Candice Chatman has been employed with the Thomaston Police Department for over five years. She is currently part of the Support Services Unit where she serves as a Chief Clerk for the City of Thomaston Municipal Court. She has earned diplomas in Criminal Justice from both Fort Valley State University and Griffin Technical College. She has also completed a Business Office Technology certification from Flint River Technical College. In 2017 Candice completed her GCIC (Georgia Criminal Information Center) certification through the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and is also the certified TAC (Terminal Agency Coordinator) operator for City Court. In addition to her certifications she has completed Municipal Court Judicial Education training, Court Clerk training, court software training and NCJ for Alcohol and Liquor licensing. In addition to her duties at the Police Department Candice serves on the City of Thomaston Main Street Board and helps coordinate the Police Department's annual Youth Awareness Basketball Tournament.
ANIMAL CONTROL (AC)
Animal Control (AC) operations for the City of Thomaston are a function of the Police Department. The Police Department employees a full-time Animal Control Officer who enforces all City animal ordinances and responds to all animal related incidents in the City of Thomaston. AC responds to residents’ requests for services such as:
- Rescuing injured animals
- Controlling stray and potentially dangerous animals roaming at large
- Investigating barking dog complaints
- Reports of animal abuse and or neglect
- Advise on issues dealing with wildlife
- Setting wild animal traps and or stray cat traps
The City of Thomaston does not maintain a shelter for animals picked up by the City AC officer. These animals are transported to the Upson County Animal Shelter.
Animal Control Officer Katherine Burks started her career with the City of Thomaston Police Department in 2016. Since starting with the department, she has completed training with the National Animal Control Association, Animal Control Training Services, Palmer Cap Chur Equipment and Animal Law source. She has studied Canine Behavior and Aggression, Dog fighting and Cruelty Enforcement. In addition to her Animal Control responsibilities she works Code Enforcement for the City and assists the Uniform Patrol Division of the Police Department with various traffic related functions and special details.
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF
Chief Mike Richardson has been in Law Enforcement for 21 years. He started his career with the City of Griffin Police Department in 1998 where he served for 17 years. During his time in Griffin he served in the Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Commanded the Special Investigations Unit (Narcotics), and served as the Public Information Officer.
Chief Richardson joined the Thomaston Police Department in January of 2016 when he was appointed as Chief of Police. Chief Richardson possess eight P.O.S.T. certifications to include; Basic Law Enforcement, Radar/Lidar, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervision, Management, Executive, and General Instructor certifications. Chief Richardson is also a graduate of the Georgia Command College, Columbus State University Professional Management Program and FBI GLEEDS (Gateway Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar).
In 2019 he was selected as a member of the 27th Delegation to Israel as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE). As a member of the delegation he spent two weeks training in Israel with the Israeli National Police Force.
Chief Richardson holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from Lee University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He also serves on the Mt. Gap Church administrative council and the youth ministries council. He has been happily married for 22 years, and the father of four wonderful children.