Douglas Police Department

  • Agency: Douglas Police Department
  • Address: 225 W. Bryan Street, Douglas, 31533 GA
  • Chief: Gary Casteloes (Chief of Police)
Phone: (912) 384-2222
Fax: (912) 384-7779

Douglas Police Department is located at 225 W. Bryan Street, Douglas, 31533 GA. The Chief of Police of the department is Gary Casteloes. The Douglas Police Department phone number is (912) 384-2222.

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For Immediate Release Douglas Police Department - On Thursday, November 2, at around 10:30 pm, Douglas Police Department officers and other emergency services were dispatched to the area of Pearl Avenue and CSX train tracks in reference to a pedestrian being struck by a train. Initial investigation revealed that the eastbound CSX train struck a male subject. The Coffee County Coroner was called to the scene. Investigators identified the deceased male as 26 year old Michael Wigfall, of Douglas. The accident remains under investigation by the Douglas Police Department.

Don't forget! During trick or treating hours, tonight October 31st, from 6pm-9pm, in the Golf Club neighborhood, traffic will flow one-way. Homeowners should make arrangements to travel to their homes based on traffic flow in the neighborhood and follow directions of the police officers directing traffic. Homeowners should turn off their porch lights at 9pm, as a way to discourage late trick or treating. Have safe and Happy Halloween! For more Halloween tips, go to http://www.cityofdouglas.com.

The City of Douglas Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office has joined forces to create a joint gang task force. The Douglas Coffee Gang Unit (DCGU) is responsible for gathering intelligence on ALL criminal street gangs in Coffee County. The leadership has received advanced training, recruited officers from both agencies, and has started training the DCGU to recognize and report all gang activity in Coffee County. After months of silent intelligence gathering, the DCGU is now operational, and will assist in the deterrence and prosecution of all criminal street gang related crimes throughout Coffee County. On 102417, The Douglas Coffee Gang Unit (DCGU) obtained twelve arrest warrants for Georgia STREET GANG TERRORISM AND PREVENTION ACT violations. Five associates of the Aryan Brotherhood of Georgia criminal street gang participated in violent acts against three citizens of Coffee County, and will now face charges for their actions. Their mugshots and a brief description of the warrants are below: David Jackson Conger PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG LEADING A CRIMINAL STREET GANG ENCOURAGING TO CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY ACQUIRING MONEY FROM CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY Dustin Shane Cowart PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG ENCOURAGING TO CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY Robert Avan Johnson PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG ENCOURAGING TO CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY Candace Michelle Railey PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG ENCOURAGING TO CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY Diana Alexis Joyner PARTICIPATING IN A CRIMINAL STREET GANG ENCOURAGING TO CRIMINAL GANG ACTIVITY The investigation is ongoing.

HALLOWEEN OBSERVED TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31st As the traditional Halloween day quickly approaches, on Tuesday, October 31st, the City of Douglas Police Department urges parents and neighborhoods to use safety cautions for personal safety and especially for kids. The City asks that Trick-Or-Treating take place between the hours of 6:00pm – 9:00pm. In order to minimize traffic in the Golf Club neighborhood, traffic will flow one-way on October 31, during trick or treating hours. Homeowners should make arrangements to travel to their homes based on traffic flow in the neighborhood from 6:00pm-9:00pm and follow directions of the police officers directing traffic. The Douglas Police Department asks that parents do not allow their kids to be out past 9:00pm so that residents in participating neighborhoods will not be disturbed past nine o’clock. Homeowners should turn off their porch lights at 9pm, as a way to discourage late trick or treating. Drivers are urged not to impede the flow of traffic on neighborhood streets. Halloween participants are asked to show courtesy and respect to neighborhoods by ceasing to collect candy by 9:00pm. Also, motorists are advised not to impede traffic flow by parking vehicles on public streets and sidewalks. The Police Department also asks drivers not to park on the grass and in the yards of homeowners. Motorists may be cited for violations. “Halloween should be a great adventure and a memorable time for children and their parents” says Chief Casteloes of the Douglas Police Department. “To ensure the safety of our children, parents or an older responsible child should accompany the trick-or-treaters. Children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Parents should make sure your child has a flashlight, glow stick, or reflective tape on their costumes to be more visible to motorists. Children should not run out from parked cars or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers. Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by a supervising adult.” Safety tips for people expecting trick-or-treaters should include the removal of anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited. Parents should warn children not to eat any treats until an adult has examined them carefully for evidence of tampering. Carefully examine any toys or novelty items received by trick-or-treaters who are under three years of age. Do not allow young children to have any items that have small components, could separate and that are small enough to present a choking hazard. Also, parents should watch the candy intake because too much candy can cause stomach aches and indigestion. Families are invited to participate in Hometown Harvest, Thursday, October 26th from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Madison Avenue vacant lot adjacent to City Hall. During Hometown Harvest, candy will be distributed from 4-6 p.m., a Kids Play Area will be open 4pm-7:30pm, registration for the costume contest will be 4pm-5:30pm, the adult and child costume contest will begin at 6:00pm, and the winners of the costume contest will be announced at 7:30pm. For information about Hometown Harvest, contact Pattie Merritt at (912) 384-5161.

We would like some feedback on this. We are considering having Christmas Ornaments made for us. It would say MERRY CHRISTMAS at the top of the wreath and TO PROTECT AND SERVE at the bottom of the wreath. In the center of the ornament would be the Douglas Police Department Badge and it would say OFFICER DOUGLAS POLICE GA. We would sell these for $20.00 each and the proceeds would go to purchase toys for our annual Christmas toy drive for kids. Please look at the picture of a sample ornament to get an idea of what it would look like.We have to order a minimum of 100 so we need to try and gauge the interest for this item, so GO!!! Douglas Police Department

The City of Douglas Police Department would like to recognize Officer Mason Cater for being selected as the Officer of the Quarter. Officer Cater's dedication to duty, the Douglas Police Department, and the citizens of our community earned him this recognition. Thank you Officer Cater for all that you do. This is an honor well deserved and greatly earned.

The following are the Crime Stats for the City of Douglas for September 2017. The stats are broken down by zone. The map showing the zone breakdown is in our photo's. We are also including if the crime was at a business or residence.

On Sept. 29, 2017, a missing person report was filed with the Douglas Police Department in which Joseph Dewayne Gaskin, a 56-year-old male, had not been seen since Sept. 26, 2017. Mr. Gaskin was believed to be in the company of Joshua Carl Parrott, a 38-year-old white male. Investigators from the Douglas Police Department were contacted by investigators from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office who were investigating a theft in which Mr. Parrott was a suspect, and the property in question was located at the residence of Mr. Gaskin. Investigators with the Douglas Police Department contacted family members of Mr. Parrott who stated he had not been seen since around the same time Mr. Gaskin was last seen. During the investigation by investigators from the Douglas Police Department, it was learned that Mr. Parrot had left the state and had been seen in Middleburg Fla. Mr. Gaskin’s vehicle had also been seen in Middleburg Fla. On Oct. 7, 2017, investigators from the Douglas Police Department obtained information that Mr. Parrott had traveled back to Douglas Ga., but would only be in town for a short time. Douglas Police Department Officers were able to locate the vehicle in which Mr. Parrott was traveling, along with three other individuals. At approximately 1:48 p.m., officers from the Douglas Police Department conducted a traffic stop on this vehicle near the intersection of S.W. Bowens Mill Rd. and W. Ward St. (Ga. Hwy 32). On stopping the vehicle, Mr. Parrott produced a small caliber handgun and made threats to harm himself. The three other occupants exited the vehicle and were moved a safe distance away from the scene. Mr. Parrott took no action and made no threats against officers. At approximately 3:13 p.m., Mr. Parrott surrendered to officers from the Douglas Police Department and was taken to the Douglas Police Department to be interviewed. Mr. Parrott was questioned in reference to any information he might have on the whereabouts of Mr. Gaskin. Information obtained indicated that Mr. Gaskin was deceased and his death had occurred in the county. Coffee County investigators were notified and responded to the Douglas Police Department. On Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, officers from both the Douglas Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office located the body of Joseph Dewayne Gaskin in a wooded area off of Wendell Sears Road. At this time, Joshua Parrott has been arrested in connection with the death of Mr. Gaskin. The investigation is a joint effort between the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas Police Department. The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information that would assist in locating this individual is ask to contact the Douglas Police Dept. at 912-384-2222, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office at 912-384-4227. or the Tips Line at 912-260-3600. Information can also be shared on the Department’s Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasGAPoliceDepartment/ .

On 9/29/2017 Kyle Spivey was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Spivey has been with the Douglas Police Department for 5 years.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center to open in Coffee County The DRC is scheduled to open at 12 noon on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at the Coffee County Emergency Operations Center located in the back of Coffee County Fire Department at 941 Mahogany Road in Douglas. This location is off of Highway 221N. Hours of operation will be: Friday October 6, 2017 12 noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, October 7th – Saturday, October 14th the DRC will be open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. including Sunday October 8th The center will close on Sunday’s starting Sunday, October 15th. A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility where survivors may go for information about our programs or other disaster assistance programs, and ask questions related to your case. Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance. People are encouraged to register before visiting a recovery center. This can be done online at diasterassistance.gov or by calling the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362. Victims should register even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled. For more info visit fema.gov/hurricane-irma.

The Criminal Investigation Unit of the Douglas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the two individuals in the attached images.These individuals are being sought for questioning in an ongoing theft investigation that occurred at Wal-Mart. Anyone with any information that would assist in this case is ask to contact Investigator Chad Williams at the Douglas Police Dept. 912-384-2222 or the Tips Line at 912-260-3600. Information can also be shared on the Department’s Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasGAPoliceDepartment/ .

On 9/29/2017, The Douglas Police Department welcomed students from Indian Creek Elementary 2nd - 5th grade. Each student received a Junior Officer badge for the tour of the station! The Staff at the DPD were also shown a heartwarming tribute to our nation through the PA system of a police cruiser! Ten year old Arturo Castro sang the National Anthem! Little Arturo touched our hearts. We thank the teachers and students for sharing part of their day with us!

On 9/29/2017, The Douglas Police Department welcomed students from Indian Creek Elementary 2nd - 5th grade. Each student received a Junior Officer badge for the tour of the station! The Staff at the DPD were also shown a heartwarming tribute to our nation through the PA system of a police cruiser! Ten year old Arturo Castro sang the National Anthem! Little Arturo touched our hearts. We thank the teachers and students for sharing part of their day with us!

On 9/29/2017, The Douglas Police Department welcomed students from Indian Creek Elementary 2nd - 5th grade. Each student received a Junior Officer badge for the tour of the station! The Staff at the DPD were also shown a heartwarming tribute to our nation through the PA system of a police cruiser! Ten year old Arturo Castro sang the National Anthem! Little Arturo touched our hearts. We thank the teachers and students for sharing part of their day with us!

Breaking News Two officers were shot after coming upon a stolen vehicle in Polk County Ga. today. One officer was shot and killed and the other has survived. In the stolen vehicle was a man and a woman. The woman was taken into custody and gave the identity of the male shooter. An intensive manhunt was conducted in a wooded area of Cave Springs, Ga and the shooter, identified as Seth Brandon Spangle, was found and apprehended. Our thoughts and prayers go out for the speedy recovery of the officer and his family, who was shot and survived. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the officer who was shot and killed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the members of the Polk County Police Department. May the officer who was shot and killed rest in peace and we thank you for your service!

We have been made aware of a post, on Facebook, regarding an incident which occurred at Walmart yesterday. There are a lot of comments being made regarding this incident and we would like to clarify what took place, the actions made by officers and what actions are taking place. The post mentions someone being robbed. There was no robbery which took place. On Monday September 25, 2017 at around 2:12 pm, officers responded to Walmart regarding a person holding someone at gunpoint in a bathroom. Upon officers arrival they enterd the female restroom and found a female with her purse open and her hand on a pistol which was still in its holster, there was also a male in the restroom. The female was keeping the male from leaving. The male was a non-english speaking hispanic and he spoke to Sgt. Perez regarding the incident and the female spoke with Officer Rewis. There are two different accounts as to what took place, with no known witnesses to verify a crime took place. The officers determined there was no probable cause to make an arrest of the male subject based on the available information. Walmart made a decision to ban the male from their store for a 2 year period. All information was gathered on the subject with the intent of requesting a probable cause hearing with the magistrate office to determine if there is enough sufficient information for the issuance of a warrant for Peeping Tom. The female will be subpoenaed to testify stating her allegations of what took place and the male individual will be able to testify on his version of events. The Magistrate Judge will determine if sufficient probable cause exists and if so issue a warrant for the arrest of the male subject. The Douglas Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident and is seeking any witnesses that can provide information in regards to this incident. If you have information concerning this incident please contact the Douglas Police Department at 912-384-2222.

On 07/14/2017 Officers from the Douglas Police Department responded to a shooting incident that took place at 1315 McDonald Road. Recarrdio Cortez Mitchell Jr. was found to have been shot multiple times. Mitchell was life-flighted to a Trauma Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Officers were able to identify the vehicle involved in this incident. There were several individuals in the offending vehicle. One of these individuals was identified Tywone Brewton. Brewton was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. He remains incarcerated in the Coffee County Jail. As of 09/21/2017 Recarrdio Cortez Mitchell Jr. is still in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing and the arrest of other individuals involved is expected. The Family of Recarrdio Cortez Mitchell Jr. is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of other individuals involved in this incident. The reward offered by the Family reads as follows: “$3000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION THAT WILL LEAD TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF ANYONE ELSE THAT WAS INVOLVED WITH MY SON'S SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED ON JULY 14th”. Anyone with any information that would assist in this case is ask to contact the Douglas Police Dept. at 912-384-2222 or the Tips Line at 912-260-3600. Information can also be shared on the Department’s Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasGAPoliceDepartment/ .

On 09/16/2017 Officers from the Douglas Police Department responded to a call at 304 E. Walker St. where 25 year old Gregory Lemond Swinson had been shot by 24 year old Jasmine Williams during a domestic dispute. Swinson was transported to Coffee Regional Medical Center by EMS and from there to Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Williams was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault. She is currently being held in the Coffee County Jail. On 09/20/2017 Investigators from the Douglas Police Department were notified that Gregory Lemond Swinson was unable to recover from his injuries and passed away at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. Investigators have at this time obtained additional warrants charging Jasmine Williams with Felony Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime. Williams remains in the Coffee County Jail.

WANTED PERSON Derrious Rakeem Carter, AKA: ROCK, is wanted by multiple agencies to include the Douglas Police Department. He is described as a 27 year old black male, 5’ 08” tall, and weighing approx. 145 pounds. He is known to drive a 2004 model BMW 530I, black in color, bearing Ga. license plate RII0386. There are active warrants for his arrest that include two counts of Aggravated Assault and Failure to Appear (Bench Warrant). More charges are pending. Carter has made numerous threats through social media and has made it known that he is armed. He is currently believed to be armed and dangerous. Any one coming into contact with Carter should immediately notify local law enforcement or call 911. Any one assisting Carter by providing him shelter or any other type assistance to evade capture will be arrested. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Derrious Rakeem Carter is asked to contact the Douglas Police Dept. at 912-384-2222, the Douglas Police Department’s Tips Line at 912-260-3600 or dial 911. Information can also be shared thru the Douglas Police Department’s Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/DouglasGAPoliceDepartment

Officers from the Douglas Police Department are asking for assistance in identifying the two male subjects in the attached surveillance video. Anyone with any information that would assist in resolving this case is asked to contact the Douglas Police Dept. at 912-384-2222 or the Tips Line at 912-260-3600. Information can also be shared on the Department’s Face Book page and/or Messenger.