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

*IDENTIFICATION NEEDED* Do you recognize the two suspects in these photos? They were both involved in a Financial Transaction Fraud case at Walmart on Epps Bridge and Target on Atlanta Hwy. They arrived and left together in the vehicle pictured below (unknown make/model). If you have any information, please contact Detective Dassow at 706-353-4218 ext. 140 or

In response to a request, here's some information on navigating the traffic circle on Tallassee Road. FYI, if you find yourself going around and around, you are doing it wrong. :-)

We're proud of our officers and civilian employees who were recognized at a recent ceremony.

We would like to remind everyone of the following traffic considerations before, during, and after the game. • Parking rules are strictly enforced. Vehicles parked on yellow curbs, fire zones, sidewalks, entrance / exit ramps, and other designated no parking zones are subject to citation(s) and towing • Blocking or obstructing sidewalks with tents, coolers, tables, chairs, grills, or other items is not permitted and subject to citation(s) and removal. • Open containers of alcohol and glass containers are prohibited on the public streets, sidewalks, alleyways or rights-of-way, in any public or semipublic parking facility including areas of ingress and egress, or on any outdoor public patio within Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Athens-Clarke County codes 6-3-12 & 3-12-23. • Near the end of the game traffic patterns are changed to expedite the flow of traffic. Further information and maps are available at Athens-Clarke County Police web page, Facebook and Twitter. • The following streets are changed to one- way traffic: Jackson Street from UGA Campus to Dougherty Street, College Station Road from UGA Campus to Research Drive, Thomas Street from Broad Street and continuing onto North Avenue to MLK Pkwy. • The center turn lane of S. Lumpkin Street at Baxter Street southbound to Milledge Avenue is coned designated as a southbound traffic lane. • The center turn lane of Baxter St at S. Lumpkin Street westbound to Milledge Avenue is coned off and designated as a westbound traffic lane. • If you are on the Athens By-Pass stay on the By-Pass until you come around to your exit. Exiting the By-Pass to turn around backs up traffic on surface streets. Remaining on the By-Pass will prevent you from being stuck in traffic. • Sanford Stadium gates open 90 minutes before the game. The "Dog Walk" is 95 minutes before the game. A map of Sanford Stadium has been included with this message. • Athens-Clarke County and University of Georgia Police will be directing traffic at several different traffic intersections. Please be alert and watch for our public safety personnel. Remember to travel slowly and cautiously through these intersections. • Contact numbers for area wrecker services and taxi cabs are included with this message. • Contact numbers for area law enforcement agencies are as follows: For Emergencies - Dial 9-1-1 Athens-Clarke County Police Department – 706-546-5900 University of Georgia Police Department – 706-542-5813 University of Georgia Parking Services – 706-542-7275 We hope that everyone enjoys the game and travels safely! And always GO DAWGS

Crime Analyst Nick Barker was named ACCPD's Civilian Employee of the Quarter for his leadership in a statewide interagency burglary task force which led to the arrest of 15 criminals.

Between 2,500 to 2,800 children, parents, and friends attended Trunk or Treat. We loved all the cute and funny costumes.

We received this from a very thankful momma! “A GIANT shout out to your off duty officer who dug my 14 year old Golden Retriever out of a culvert this evening. An almost 2 hour effort for him and Animal Control. A true example of leadership and selflessness.”

Drive carefully tonight!

See you at Trunk or Treat tomorrow night--October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30.

*TRAFFIC UPDATE* The roadway is re-opened *TRAFFIC ALERT* There is a vehicle crash on Whitehead Road near Bowden Lane. Please use an alternate route.

In early 2016, SPO Dan Whitney was named the 2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the American Police Hall of Fame. In a ceremony last week, Whitney, now a corporal, received his plaque from Hall of Fame Chief Jack Rinchich, and commendations from Athens-Clarke County government officials including Mayor Nancy Denson.

*TRAFFIC UPDATE* The roadway is cleared *TRAFFIC ALERT* There is a serious crash on Lexington Road at Whit Davis, near Wal-Mart. Please use an alternate route

While it’s a great tour, we’re glad Sergeant Spencer allowed us to leave. At a recent meeting, the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) toured the Athens-Clarke County jail. Special thanks to Chief York and Sergeant Spencer for a very interesting visit. If you are interested in CPA, our next class begins in early 2018.

We enjoyed participating in National Night Out this past weekend. Sponsored by Target, this event was a great way for our officers to answer questions from the community and our citizens to learn about crime prevention.

Traffic Law Tuesday looks towards the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville this weekend.

Recently, we hosted students enrolled in “Communities and Crime-Sociology," taught by UGA Asst. Prof. Sarah Shannon. Crime Analyst Nick Barker and David Griffeth discussed crime rates and how the ACCPD uses data to allocate resources according to crime patterns.

*Social Media Reminder* We encourage anyone who follows our page to engage in open dialogue with us and other followers. However, as a reminder, using vulgar language and insulting others will not be tolerated, and could lead us to ban individuals. Also, our Facebook page automatically filters most offensive language from posts, but as administrators we see them. Additionally, any threats made towards others on our page will be taken seriously. We understand that recent events this week have stirred emotions; however this is not the time to degrade others. Lets use recent events to build dialogue within our community to help each other heal.

*TRAFFIC 🚨 The traffic signal at Hawthorne Avenue at Old Epps Bridge will be dark and on flash from 8 AM until 11 AM

Congratulations to our newest Corporals who received their advancements at yesterday’s promotion ceremony. From left to right, Chief Scott Freeman, Cpl. David Meagher, Cpl. Dan Whitney, Cpl. Daniel Douglas, Cpl. Katie Barrick, Cpl. Shaun Barnett, Cpl. Harold Kitchen, Sr., Cpl. John Williams, Cpl. Tony Howard, Cpl. Marty Rose, Cpl. Preston Cusachs, and Assistant Chief Justin Gregory. Not present at yesterday’s ceremony were Cpl. Len Thomas and Cpl. Katie Thornton.

This message is from Chief of Police Scott Freeman in reference to last night's incident. Our thoughts continue to be with the family of the victim, Quintavia Wade. Monday afternoon, the ACCPD received a 911 call and officers responded to 1900 Summerbrook Circle in reference to a domestic disturbance where a person was armed with a gun. After dispatch, Officer Herron quickly arrived on scene. Upon his arrival, the suspect immediately shot a female that was involved in the situation. Officer Herron immediately fired multiple rounds at the suspect as he took tactical cover behind his patrol unit. Officer Denmark soon arrived at the scene and both officers waited for other officers to arrive. During this time, which unfolded extremely quickly, the suspect then shot himself in the head. The female that was shot is deceased. The suspect himself suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was transported to the hospital. He remains in intensive care. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, while the ACCPD will be handling the domestic violence incident/homicide. I held a press conference from the scene and provided the information and facts as were known at the time. In keeping with the highest levels of transparency, the body camera footage of Officer Herron was released during that press conference. As I made it clear to the media, Officer Herron acted appropriately and did an outstanding job during this critical incident. Officer Herron's quick arrival and immediate actions potentially halted the suspect from further carnage in Columbia Brookside. I, and the entire Leadership Team, stand firmly with Officer Herron and the other officers that were involved in this incident.

Here is the officer's body-worn camera footage from this afternoon's officer-involved shooting. Warning: This video contains graphic material.

Chief Freeman Press Conference

*UPDATE ON OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING* Chief Freeman will be conducting a press conference with the media, we will Facebook live his press conference as it happens.

Officer Involved Shooting. We are currently working an officer involved shooting. GBI is on scene to conduct an investigation. No officers have been injured, there are no other suspects, and there is no threat to the general public. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

*PUBLIC NOTICE* We DO NOT have an active shooter. We have been receiving calls about an active shooter in the Columbia Brooke Side off Hawthorne Avenue area of the county (West End). Officers are working a scene where a person has been shot. There is no threat to the general public from this incident.