Athens-Clarke County Police Department

  • Agency: Athens-Clarke County Police Department
  • Address: 3035 Lexington Road, Athens, 30605 GA
  • Chief: Joseph Lumpkin (Chief of Police)
Phone: 706-613-3330
Fax: 706-613-3860

Athens-Clarke County Police Department is located at 3035 Lexington Road, Athens, 30605 GA. The Chief of Police of the department is Joseph Lumpkin. The Athens-Clarke County Police Department phone number is 706-613-3330.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department News

For Monday's MLK Day of Service, there are a number of opportunities to volunteer in ACC or please choose a project in your local community. If you need a project for you and/or your family, join Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful and the ACC Landscape Management Division in planting over 40,000 daffodil bulbs. The event kicks off at Clarke Central High School from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on January 15th, and volunteers will travel to the North Avenue/Loop 10 ramps to work from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm..

Please be on the lookout for Kayla (10 years old) and Heather Unbehaun (35 years old). Both females have been missing since July of 2017. They were last seen in Illinois. Heather is Kayla's non-custodial parent, and Illinois authorities believe that Heather kidnapped Kayla and brought her to the Athens, Georgia area, and we have had some suspected sightings of them in the Athens area recently. There is an active nationwide arrest warrant for Heather Unbehaun for child abduction. If you have information that could help authorities, please contact Sgt. Dickson of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department at 706-613-3888 ext. 792. If you see Kayla or Heather Unbehaun, please call 9-1-1.

The final numbers are in, and they are one of the lowest we have seen since unification. Part 1 crimes are down with a noticeable decrease in burglaries, thanks to the men and women of the ACCPD who work hard to keep us safe. You can see these stats and more by clicking on the link below.

That other team won, but the Dawgs will always be # 1 in our hearts. #DAWGNATION


13-0, two more quarters!!!!!!

Call the Dawgs!

Odie continuing his adventures around the PD

There might be a few new officers in several years from Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. We're glad they hosted the "Clergy and Community Breakfast" and we enjoyed meeting the young people of their church.


Happy New Year!

Please have fun but be safe and responsible. :-)

*UPDATE ON LOOK OUT* On Thursday we asked for your assistance in identifying a suspect who had committed multiple thefts in Athens, Buford and Winder. Travis Hardegree has been identified as the suspect and was taken into custody by Gwinnett County law enforcement. Detectives with ACCPD have charged him with two counts of Robbery. Thank you for sharing the photos and helping us identify him and taking him into custody.

We appreciate the officers who spent a part of their day last week cleaning up Buddy Christian Way.

Detectives need your help identifying the suspect in the video below. On 12/16/2017, the suspect entered into the Chevron Food Mart on Commerce Road, pointed a gun at the teller, and demanded money. If you have any information in regards to this incident please contact detective Timothy Conner at or at 706-613-3330 ext. 337

*IDENTIFICATION NEEDED* Detectives need your help in identifying the man pictured below. The male subject is involved in 6 grab and run style thefts at Belk department stores in Buford, Winder, and Athens in October and December. Most recent was Winder Belk on 12/27 at approximately 11:40am. This individual has targeted multiple retailers in the area. If you have any information on the identity of this subject please contact detective Jody Thompson at or 706-353-4218 ext. 143

Santa Cop-a role played for seven years by SPO Jerry Johnson-appeared at the East Substation last week, providing lunch and a toy to local children. The annual event is led by our Community Outreach division and we’d like to thank our partners Fatz Cafe, Georgia United Credit Union, Peach State Federal Credit Union, and TJ Maxx for helping us deliver smiles during the Christmas season.

Friends and family gathered just before Christmas for the graduation ceremony for officers Marsden, Paschal, Smith and Trotter. These officers completed the Basic Police Officer Training program at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Athens.

Athens-Clarke County Police Awarded $89,371.38 Grant for Local DUI Enforcement The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has announced that the Athens-Clarke County Police is one of 18 law enforcement agencies in Georgia to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for the 2018 grant season. Referred to as a H.E.A.T. grant, Athens-Clarke County Police award totals $89,371.38. The goal of the H.E.A.T. program is to combat crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by impaired driving and speeding, while also increasing seatbelt use and educating the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI. The Athens-Clarke County Police H.E.A.T Unit will use the grant from GOHS to develop and implement strategies to reduce local traffic crashes due to aggressive and dangerous driving behaviors. “Agencies like the Athens-Clarke County Police receive this H.E.A.T. grants because they have showed a particular dedication to protecting their citizens from impaired drivers,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood. “This dedication is crucial because alcohol-related crash deaths still account for 26 percent of traffic fatalities in Georgia. We are grateful to Chief R. Scott Freeman, Ph.D. and his staff for their continued hard work.” Totaling $3.2 million for 2016, H.E.A.T. grants fund specialize traffic enforcement units in counties throughout the state. The program was designed to assist Georgia jurisdictions with the highest rates of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities with grants awarded based on impaired driving and speeding data. "The HEAT grant goals to combat deaths and injuries from impaired driving crashes and excessive speeding while also educating the public about traffic safety and the dangers of DUI aligns perfectly with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and its mission of keeping our roadways safe. With the continuation of the HEAT grant, the ACCPD will be able to continue to have a concerted focus on making our roadways safer through a balanced approach with education and enforcement" stated Chief of Police R. Scott Freeman, PhD. As law enforcement partners in the Operation Zero Tolerance DUI and Click It Or Ticket seatbelt campaigns, the Athens-Clarke County Police will also conduct mobilizations throughout the year in coordination with GOHS’s year-round waves of high visibility patrols, multi-jurisdictional road checks and sobriety checkpoints. For more information about the H.E.A.T. program or any other GOHS campaign, visit or call 404-656-6996.

Santa in the Classic City, Part Eight: Santa Goes Home, featuring Santa, Mr. Byrd. Thanks for helping with our videos Santa! Get some rest.

Santa in the Classic City, Part Seven: Santa’s Departure with IT Techs Kandasamy and Ritter, DET Blair, Deputy Chief Gregory and Chief Freeman

*UPDATE ON DEATH INVESTIGATION* On 12/23/2017 at just before 1:00 pm, officers were dispatched to 2220 West Broad Street (Hampton Inn). The hotel staff indicated that they were unable to gain entry into an occupied room. Officers worked to gain entry into the room, and upon doing so, located the bodies of an adult male and juvenile female. The male is identified as a Hispanic male in his 40’s, and the juvenile is identified as a three-year-old female, his daughter. At this time detectives are investigating this incident as a murder/suicide, the cause of death cannot be positively identified at this time. Both will be transported to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy. Next of kin for the male had not yet been contacted.

*DEATH INVESTIGATION* Detectives are currently working a death investigation at the Hampton Inn on West Broad Street. An adult male and child were located inside of a room deceased. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Santa in the Classic City, Part Six: Conducting the Athens Symphony with Officer Johnson