Valdosta Police Department

  • Agency: Valdosta Police Department
  • Address: 500 North Toombs Street, Valdosta, 31603 GA
  • Chief: Frank Simons (Chief of Police)
Phone: 229-242-2606
Fax: 229-293-3150

Valdosta Police Department is located at 500 North Toombs Street, Valdosta, 31603 GA. The Chief of Police of the department is Frank Simons. The Valdosta Police Department phone number is 229-242-2606.

Valdosta Police Department News

On November 4, 2017 at approximately 11:32 pm, uniformed patrol officers with the Valdosta Police Department responded to the 1800 block of Hazel Drive after receiving a call for emergency assistance. Dispatch advised officers while en-route that two subjects were inside the homeowner’s garage stealing property. Both offenders were reported to have fled the scene when the homeowner called 911. When officers arrived, they made contact with the homeowner who advised police that she recognized the offenders from a previous encounter. The homeowner advised that neither had permission to be in the garage and reported that several items had been stolen. Through the investigation, police were able to make contact with family members of one of the subjects, now identified as 19-year-old Rashad Brown. Family members of Brown encouraged him to turn himself in to Law Enforcement within a few hours of the incident. In addition, family members were able to assist Valdosta Police in recovering several pieces of the stolen property. Rashad was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Lowndes County Jail. The case is still actively being investigated due to the involvement of the second subject. “The police department commends the family for taking action and having their youth turn himself in. We have said time and time again that crime prevention is not the sole responsibility of law enforcement; it is a community responsibly which includes the police, citizens, and families working together,” said Chief Brian Childress.

JOB OFFER: Valdosta Police is looking for a Training Unit Secretary. The annual starting salary is $27,450.33 and benefits are good. All online applications must be processed through www.valdostacity.com. To be fully considered, applicants must submit a completed City of Valdosta Application Form to Berna Hepburn at covhr@valdostacity.com, or apply at the City of Valdosta Human Resources Department, 216 East Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601. A resume cannot be submitted as a substitute for the application form; it is for additional information only. Sorry, we do not accept late applications. The City of Valdosta offers competitive salary with excellent benefits package. The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an E-Verify employer. For more information, go to http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/employees/e-verify-overview.

Thank You Aurora Riaz and Katie White for coming to the Valdosta Police Department to say thank you to police Officers. We love you.

DEFY Youth Help Clean Up Valdosta - 10-28-17

Officer Randall Hancock Reads to Children at Fall Festival Book Read - 10-27-17

Valdosta Police Arrest 18-Year Old for Murder at East Park Avenue Apartment Complex: On Monday, October 30, 2017 at approximately 1955 hours, Valdosta Police Officers responded to a local apartment complex in the 1500 block of E. Park Avenue, Arbor Trace Apartments, after it was reported that someone had been shot. Officers arrived on scene and found the victim in the passenger’s seat of a vehicle that had crashed into some trees. The victim had gunshot wounds to his torso and was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Detectives and technicians from the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Lab responded to the scene. Detectives were able to locate the driver of the vehicle who had fled the scene. The investigation revealed that the victim and the driver went to the complex and an altercation took place with the offender. The offender fled the scene and at this point, his whereabouts are unknown. Valdosta Police Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for felony murder for McGee. “This is a tragic situation and my heart goes out to the family of the victim. But I also want to state how proud I am of the officers and detectives of the Valdosta Police Department who have worked tirelessly all night to identify the offender and obtain a murder warrant for this arrest”, stated Chief Brian Childress.

Valdosta Police Arrest Man for Ora Lee West Murder - 10-24-17: On October 24, 2017 at approximately 10:30am, E-911 received an emergency call for service. The caller advised dispatch that a person had been shot while in the 600 block of E Jane Street. Numerous officers and detectives responded to the area. Contact was made with a subject who had been shot multiple times. VPD and LCSO units provided first aid and attempted CPR until the arrival of paramedics. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 39 year old Tovara Flowers. The crime scene was sealed off immediately and Crime Scene Technicians from the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory were called in to assist along with VPD Bureau of Investigation Detectives. During the investigation, the Valdosta City Camera system picked up a subject running from the area. A “BOLO” of Be On the Look Out was issued for the subject and a K-9 unit was deployed. Within minutes, Narcotics Detectives located the person of interest near the intersection of East Moore Street and North Forrest Street. The subject was detained and evidence was collected that may possibly connect the subject to the shooting. The person of interest was brought to the PD where he was interviewed by Person’s Crime Detectives. The person of interest has been identified as 31 year old Jean Claude Doricien. Doricien has been taken into custody and is being charged with Felony Murder, though further charges may be forthcoming. Doricien was transported to the Lowndes County Jail. This appears to be an isolated incident and no further suspects are being sought. “Chief Childress commented on how proud he was of the great work by all responding officers and detectives who had the offender in custody in less than two hours. Additionally, he advised how grateful he was to our city leaders for continuing to support the use and expansion of the city wide camera system that proved invaluable in this case,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

On October 25, 2017 at approximately 8:26pm, uniformed Valdosta Police Officers were dispatched to a restaurant in the 2100 block of N Ashely Street in reference to a disturbance call. Witnesses on scene reported that an elderly female was inside the restaurant waiting for her food when she was assaulted by another female. The offender reportedly attempted to snatch the purse away from the victim, but the victim refused to let go of her purse. The offender then began dragging the victim by the purse strap while inside the restaurant in an attempt to steal the purse and also began punching her. Restaurant employees were able to assist the victim in breaking up the altercation and calling 911. The offender was eventually able to get the purse away from the victim and flee the restaurant. Employees gave a description to E911 dispatch as well as kept the offender in sight. In addition to the restaurant employees assisting the victim, a witness followed the offender on foot until Valdosta Police could arrive on scene. The victim received superficial injuries from the assault but did not require medical attention. Valdosta Police Officers made contact with the offender approximately 1 block away. The witness immediately identified the offender to approaching officers. The offender, now identified as 22-year-old Destiny Frye was immediately taken into custody. She was later taken to the Lowndes County Jail where she will face: • Robbery (FELONY) • Battery against a person who is 65 years of age or older (Misdemeanor of a High and Aggravated Nature) “The Valdosta Police Department is thankful for the assistance provided to the victim by not only restaurant employees but also to the Good Samaritan who followed the offender on foot until police officers arrived. It is our hope that criminals will take notice of ordinary citizens rising up and refusing to allow their neighbors be victimized right in front of them,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

On October 24, 2017 at approximately 10:30am, E-911 received an emergency call for service. The caller advised dispatch that a person had been shot while in the 600 block of E Jane Street. Numerous officers and detectives responded to the area. Contact was made with a subject who had been shot multiple times. VPD and LCSO units provided first aid and attempted CPR until the arrival of paramedics. The victim was then transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 39 year old Tovara Flowers. The crime scene was sealed off immediately and Crime Scene Technicians from the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory were called in to assist along with VPD Bureau of Investigation Detectives. During the investigation, the Valdosta City Camera system picked up a subject running from the area. A “BOLO” of Be On the Look Out was issued for the subject and a K-9 unit was deployed. Within minutes, Narcotics Detectives located the person of interest near the intersection of East Moore Street and North Forrest Street. The subject was detained and evidence was collected that may possibly connect the subject to the shooting. The person of interest was brought to the PD where he was interviewed by Person’s Crime Detectives. The person of interest has been identified as 31 year old Jean Claude Doricien. Doricien has been taken into custody and is being charged with Felony Murder, though further charges may be forthcoming. Doricien was transported to the Lowndes County Jail. This appears to be an isolated incident and no further suspects are being sought. “Chief Childress commented on how proud he was of the great work by all responding officers and detectives who had the offender in custody in less than two hours. Additionally, he advised how grateful he was to our city leaders for continuing to support the use and expansion of the city wide camera system that proved invaluable in this case,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

On October 21, 2017 at approximately 1130pm, E-911 received a Burglary alarm signal from the Advance Auto Parts store at 107 N St Augustine Road. Uniformed officers with the Valdosta Police Department responded to the business and observed that the front glass door to the business had been broken out. The building was searched but the offender was no longer inside, and several pieces of merchandise appeared to have been taken. The owner of the business responded and assisted officers in reviewing surveillance footage. VPD officers were able to observe the offender walk up to the business and shatter the glass door. The offender then entered the business and began taking various pieces of electronic equipment. Approximately 30 minutes after the initial call, a subject matching the description of the offender was sighted in close proximity to the business jumping a fence in an apparent attempt to avoid officer contact. Additional units were called to the area and the subject was spotted a second time on River Street. The subject was detained until a positive identification could be made. The subject was found to match the surveillance footage and was in possession of the stolen electronics that were reported missing from the business. The subject, now identified as Elliott Chandler, was taken into custody and was transported to the Lowndes County Jail. Arrest warrants for Chandler were presented to the Magistrate’s Court and were signed for Burglary. “The Valdosta Police Department will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute subjects that insist on stealing property from both private citizens and our local businesses. VPD is proud of the investigating officers in this case for not only arresting the responsible subject, but for additionally being able to return the stolen property to the rightful owner,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

The Valdosta Police Department will be launching two new programs, one this year (2017) and the second in July 2018: • Youth Police Advisory Board – the department will be working with local youth and their parents/guardians to start a Youth Police Advisory Board. This board will consist of local youth, once approved by their parents/guardians, to meet every other month, to discuss issues with the Chief of Police and his staff, to provide suggestions and input from youth and their parents, and to develop a better rapport with law enforcement. • Youth Citizen’s Police Academy – this program will start in July of 2018 and will be a week-long academy, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm while school is out. The program will be available for youths, 11to 17 years of age living in the City of Valdosta and Lowndes County. The program will include tours of the police department, crime laboratory, and other organizations in the criminal justice system, culminating with a graduation ceremony and trip to Wild Adventure Theme Park. The week-long program will include courses involving criminal justice system to include but not limited to search/seizure, patrol techniques, criminal investigations, crime scene investigations, participating in police simulator, etc. The program will also allow youth an opportunity to interact with Valdosta Police Officers and develop a closer rapport with our officers. “While attending a conference at the International Association of Chiefs of Police this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I met with two young adults who are part of similar programs in other cities in the United States which have been successful in improving police/youth relations., These two programs will compliment community policing programs the department already has”, stated Chief Brian Childress.

Valdosta Police Officer Randall Hancock Visits Children at Abundant Life Church Fall Festival.

Detective Calvin Burgess of the Valdosta Police Department attended a job fair in Savannah GA and was interviewed by the Savanna news media (Fox28). Detective Burgess explained the importance of having a variety of different employers present at the job fair to provide the students with a plethora of employment opportunities.

Valdosta Police Officer Mark Burkhart Presents Air Force Sergeant Returning From Deployment American Flag and Helps Surprise Daughter.

Valdosta Police Officer Randall Hancock provides “Stranger Danger” Presentation to Children at Mt Zion Childcare Network.

Valdosta Police Arrest Made for Business Burglary: On September 28, 2017 at approximately 5:30 am, uniformed patrol units with the Valdosta Police Department responded to Burger King located at 1801 N Ashley Street regarding a report of a commercial burglary. Officers made contact with staff members who advised that an unknown subject had illegally entered the business during times when the business was closed and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store safe. Burglary detectives were notified and Crime Scene Technicians with the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory responded to the business to process the crime scene and collect evidence. Through the investigation, Valdosta Police Burglary Detectives were able to locate key evidence that led to the development of a suspect, former Burger King employee Demetrius Williams. In addition, detectives also followed up on tips provided by citizens that tied the burglary to Williams. The case was eventually brought before the Lowndes County Magistrate’s Court and an arrest warrant for Williams was obtained. Williams was arrested on Friday, October 13th for the outstanding Burglary warrant. “The Valdosta Police Department is proud of the hard work of the Burglary Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians from the Valdosta/Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory for the resolution of this case. VPD is also thankful for the information provided by citizens during this case and also recognizes the assistance from the Quitman Police Department,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

Valdosta Police Officer Randall Hancock gives "Stranger-Danger" Presentation at "Tender Years Pre-K".

Update: Earlier this year in May, the Valdosta Police Department put forth several helpful tips and information on laws regarding bicycle safety. VPD wants to continue increasing awareness with additional information. • Where a bicycle lane is provided on the roadway, the operator of a motor vehicle shall yield to a person operating a bicycle in a bicycle lane. • Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable • Any person operating a bicycle in a bicycle lane shall ride in the same direction as traffic on the roadway • Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a light on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and with a light on the back which shall emit a red light visible from a distance of 300 feet to the rear. • Reckless driving also applies to cyclists; any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving. • Do Not allow a passenger to ride on the handle bars; No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped. “As the fall temperatures continue to decrease, more citizens will begin to ride their bicycles for recreation. It is important to keep aware of the traffic laws to ensure safety,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry. (Released May 2017) As the City of Valdosta continues to grow, more traffic is to be expected. Also increasing are more citizens utilizing their bicycles as viable means of transportation. The Valdosta Police Department wants to increase the safety of both motorists and cyclists while traveling between destinations. In Georgia, as in most states, a bicycle is legally a "vehicle". This classification means that general vehicular traffic law applies to the operation of a bicycle. The Valdosta Police Department Traffic Unit has provided some important safety tips to assist cyclists in remaining safe when riding. • Bicycles must ride as close to the shoulder as possible and in the same direction as the flow of traffic. • Cyclists are encouraged to avoid hazards such as: surface debris, rough pavement, drain grates which are parallel to the side of the roadway, parked or stopped vehicles, potentially opening car doors, or any other objects which threaten the safety of a person operating a bicycle. • Maintain proper maintenance on your bicycle, the same as you would your automobile. Properly inflate tires, inspect reflectors and if riding your bicycle at night, GA Law states that you must have a working light on both the front and the rear of the bicycle. • Due to a bicycle being considered a “vehicle”, it is unlawful to ride on the sidewalk. Do not allow riders to ride on the handlebars of the bicycle. Helmets are encouraged to prevent injury in case of a fall. When approaching a crosswalk, dismount the bicycle and walk the bike across. • Do not assume motorists are aware of your presence while riding. Ride your bicycle in a defensive manner, the same as if driving defensively. “As the amount of traffic increases in the City of Valdosta, it is essential that both motorists and cyclists pay close attention to the traffic conditions to avoid accidents,” said Lieutenant Bembry.

The Valdosta Police Department is requesting donations for the 13th Annual Shop with a Cop event, scheduled for Monday, December 18, 2017 starting at 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The purpose of this program is to hopefully brighten the holiday season for some of our local children who receive very little presents or nothing for Christmas. The qualifications for nominating a child are as follows: - The child must live within Lowndes County - The child must be between the ages of 4 and 11 years old - The child must be referred by a Law Enforcement Officer, Teacher, School Counselor or Principal - The child has not been previously selected for Shop With A Cop Each child selected receives a dollar amount for purchase(s) to be used at the Super Walmart located at 3274 Inner Perimeter Road. The children selected are also treated to a pizza party after they finish shopping. The more donations we gather, the more children we can assist! Factors to consider when nominating a child include: the child selected has been a victim of a crime, the child has been bullied, or the child’s grades and attitude improved significantly which resulted in him/her being selected for this event. Please help spread the word to everyone so we can have a successful event! If you are interested in donating or assisting in any capacity, or you have a child you wish to nominate, please contact: Officer Randall Hancock c/o Valdosta Police Department 500 North Toombs Street Valdosta, GA 31601 Cell Phone#: 229-292-7785 Office#: 229-242-2606 ext. 4090 Email: rhancock@valdostacity.com Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Valdosta Police Holds Open Testing for Police Officer - December 2, 2017, 8:30 am at City Hall Annex, 300 North Lee Street.

To all: Council made their decision and voted down the proposed city curfew ordinance and that is their right. No worries and we still have a state curfew which the Valdosta Police Department will enforce while at the same time work with other organizations like LODAC and Never Too Late, to help these juveniles and parents/guardians if they need it and are receptive to help. But before I close out this post, I want to correct one thing I did make a mistake on. The other day I wasn’t happy with a news headline from our local newspaper and initially compared the Valdosta Daily Times to national news media. That was unfair and unwarranted. For that I apologize. Our newspaper simply reported the facts. Brian Childress The Facts about the Proposed City Of Valdosta Curfew and Parental Responsibility Ordinance: 1. It is clear based on our research that many curfews implemented in our country have not worked but we have provided at least one success story from a large city in California. As I stated at all public forums, we have analyzed why we think other curfews have not worked; mainly because there is no intervention for the parent/guardian and child on the front end to avoid sending the parent/guardian/child to court. Our program has several options where we can refer them to a non-law enforcement services to get them help, if needed. After that offer and only when there is no legitimate excuse for the parent/guardian who allowed their child to roam our streets from midnight to 5:00 am, then and only then will they be sent to court. 2. The fact is this proposed curfew has exemptions to understand that in some cases, a juvenile may need to be out at night and as a result, no enforcement action will be taken. This has been advertised in the news media, social media, and at public forums. 3. There have been citizens at our forum who oppose this curfew but not one, not a single person, has provided a legitimate option to help the parents/guardians to keep their juveniles at home in the middle of the night.That means the suggestion is we do nothing and allow this "madness" to continue. 4. At the public hearings and through our own research, we have stated that one problem that aggravated the issues of juvenile crime is the Juvenile Reform Act passed by Governor Nathan Deal and our state representatives several years ago. Now the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), in their own words, tell us there is no more "teeth" in juvenile laws when they reach the court level. This translates to no fear of our state juvenile system by these juvenile offenders. This now leaves cities and counties responsible for dealing with these issues on our streets. 5. Last, as I have stated in these forums, in emails, and during one-on-one conversations, the City Manager and I have recommended a common-sense law and the final say-so is up to Mayor/Council who represent you all. In saying all this, we have done our job and we can say "we tried". If this ordinance does not pass and that is the right of the mayor/council, I totally understand and will always respect their decision. But the next time a child is shot and killed while being out in the middle of the night, ask yourselves this: "who thinks it is a good idea for a child under the age of 17 to roam our streets from midnight to 5:00 am and why did the parent/guardian allow this?" This is not a race issue, this is not a culture issue, it is not the responsibility of law enforcement to raise children and supervise them at night; this is a parent/guardian issue; period. Brian Childress Chief of Police

Valdosta Police Maintains "Triple-Crown Accreditation: The department continues to be accredited in all law enforcement services and the operation of a professional crime laboratory. Executive Director Craig Hartley of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) visited Valdosta to present the Mayor, Council, City Manager, Community, and men and women of the Valdosta Police Department its re-accreditation award. For the first time ever, the department is in 100% compliance with all mandatory and optional law enforcement accreditation standards.

Valdosta Police Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Mobile One Gas Station located at 1310 N. St. Augustine Road on October 8, 2017 at approximately 2045 hours. The clerk on duty reported that an African American male wearing dark clothes and a white mask or rag over his face entered the store holding a handgun. The suspect approached the clerk and demanded money. The suspect then jumped over the counter and began taking money from the register. The suspect then grabbed several cartons of cigarettes before fleeing the store on foot. The Valdosta Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying this suspect. If you have any information, please contact Investigative Services at 229-293-3145 or make an anonymous tip at 229-293-3091.

Valdosta Police Holds Second of Three Community Forums - Curfew and Parental Responsibility Ordinance: good turnout and lots of good comments and suggestions. Chief Brian Childress

Officer Randall Hancock at the Childcare Network - 10-5-17