Hall County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Hall County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 610 Main St. SW, Gainesville, 30501 GA
  • Chief:

Hall County Sheriff's Office is located at 610 Main St. SW, Gainesville, 30501 GA. The Hall County Sheriff's Office phone number is 770-531-6885.

Hall County Sheriff's Office News

Perhaps a break this coming weekend? Stay weather-aware in the meantime. http://accesswdun.com/ https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/ https://www.weather.gov/ffc/

You did it Hall County! Response to registration for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office 2018 ADVANCE Summer Camp was overwhelming. The camp is now full, and we are no longer accepting applications. For general information on ADVANCE programs: http://www.advance4kids.com/home.html -OR- Lt. Gene Joy genejoy@hallcounty.org

Some north Hall County folks would like their pickup truck back, and Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigators would like to find it for them. We’d also like to know who took it and have a word or two with them. Here’s what we know – the 1993 Isuzu extended cab pickup was stolen early Memorial Day morning. That was Monday, May 28, 2018, between 3 and 3:30 a.m. It happened in the 5900 block of Old Dahlonega Highway in the Murrayville area. The truck is described as gray or blueish gray with Georgia tag number ABD6700. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the truck or suspect(s), please give Investigator Trey McConnell a call at (770) 503-3101. He’d like to return this little truck to its owner and hold the guilty party/parties responsible.

Soggy week ahead

Alberto continues its trek north and is expected to bring us more rain throughout the week. Hall County remains under a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning. Please use your low beams in the rain and use caution on the roads.

As rain fell, a small crowd gathered at Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville to remember the servicemen and women who lost their lives on behalf of our country. Sheriff Gerald Couch delivered remarks before a 21-gun salute, the playing of Taps and changing of the guard. “The honor guards from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Hall County Fire Services and the Gainesville Police Department replicate the exact maneuvers and the same number of footsteps conducted at the Tomb of Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery,” Sheriff Couch said. “This 24-hour vigil began last night at midnight and will continue until midnight tonight.” Young and old, veterans, civilians and public safety personal stood in honor on Memorial Day 2018 during the Sheriff’s Office annual ceremony. “As in years past, we hope that this event serves as a humble reminder and a fitting tribute to the sacrifices that so many have made for the liberties that we hold so dearly,” Couch said. “Let us never lose focus of what Memorial Day means. It is a day to remember we owe our freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation in time of need, and we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives so that we might be free.” Sheriff Couch said the community can continue to honor the heroes who died and their loved ones by making sure their sacrifice is remembered and honored. “Today the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the world, and we must stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms that we cherish and hold dear. This determination is the highest tribute we can pay to the many that have fallen in the service of our nation.”

UPDATE Margaret “Tina” Kemp has been located, and she is safe. Thank you to all who shared the post. ORIGINAL POST below 72 year-old Margaret "Tina" Kemp, a dementia patient, went missing from the area of Lake Lanier Islands Parkway this morning at approximately 5 AM. Tina is 4'11" tall and weighs approximately 130 lbs., and was last seen wearing a dress and flip-flops. Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Rain didn’t hamper the spirit of those lining historic Green Street or those participating in the American Legion Post 7’s annual Memorial Day parade in Gainesville. Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch was among local officials waving to crowds as the parade, honoring veterans and all service men and women, passed on Monday, May 28, 2018. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office joins the community in remembering the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

We hope during the busy holiday weekend you’ll find time to join us at Memorial Park Cemetery for our annual Memorial Day ceremonies. At midnight Sunday night/Monday morning, our Honor Guard will open the 24 hour vigil by lowering the flag to half-mast and posting the first sentry, changing the guard every hour. At approximately 11:50 AM on Monday, the Sheriff will give a short speech, followed immediately by 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps. Please feel free to come out at any time to quietly observe the sentries during the vigil, and help us honor those servicemen and women who lives were lost on behalf of our country and the freedoms we enjoy.

Traffic alert- if your weekend plans involve traveling Clark’s Bridge Road, expect a lot of congestion around the Lake Lanier Olympic Park, as they are hosting the American Collegiate Rowing Association’s national championship. Cleveland Highway/US129 will be a better alternative. On the other hand, if you want to see some really in-shape folks make some impossibly long/skinny boats go really fast, that’s the place.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) is prepared for what promises to be a busy Memorial Day weekend on the county’s roads. AAA has predicted a near-record number of Americans will travel over the long weekend. Locally, Traffic Unit personnel had already noticed an uptick in motorists around Lake Lanier on Wednesday, according to Sgt. Todd Casper, the Traffic Unit supervisor. “Our main goal is to make the roadways safer for county residents and visitors through enforcement, education and awareness.” The Traffic Unit, part of the HCSO Uniform Patrol Division, and the Hall-Gainesville Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) Unit will conduct concentrated patrols over the weekend in an effort to reduce the number of accidents and injuries. The patrols will cover the entire county, but will focus on three highway corridors with statistically high numbers of vehicle crashes. • I-985/Ga. 365 • Ga. 369 (Browns Bridge Road) • Ga. 60, north and south Deputies and officers will be on the lookout for distracted driving, DUI, speeding, seatbelt violations and other traffic offenses. With the goal being safety, the public dissemination of concentrated patrol area locations is intentional. If motorists know deputies and officers will be present, the idea is that they’ll drive safely in those corridors, according to Casper. In addition to the standing cooperation between the Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department in the HEAT Unit, both agencies plan other combined enforcement efforts over the weekend. One of those includes a collaborative effort with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office HEAT Unit. As motorists travel to and from holiday weekend destinations, the HCSO asks them to use caution, obey traffic laws and remain safe.

Yesterday was quite a day for advancement in the ranks of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). Sheriff Gerald Couch promoted six deputies, all with years of law enforcement service to our citizens. Please join us in congratulating all of them. The following individuals were promoted to Investigator: Shon Atkins started his law enforcement career in 2006 with the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. He started with the HCSO in 2012 and most recently served in the Uniform Patrol Division. He’s been a member of the SWAT Team since 2014. Jacob London has been with HCSO since 2008, starting as a Jailer. He graduated from the police academy in 2011 and has been assigned to the Traffic Unit since 2017. Tom Wilson started his career in law enforcement with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. He came on board with the HCSO in 2004 in the Uniform Patrol Division. He was promoted to Sgt. last summer and has been serving at the Hall County Jail. Brian Henderson started with the agency in 2002 and most recently served as a School Resource Officer. Henderson will now serve as a Sex Offender Investigator. The following individuals were promoted to the rank of Sgt.: Tony Kelley joined the HCSO in 2008 as a Patrol Deputy. He’s also worked as an Investigator and in the Court Services Division, where he will remain with his new rank. Troy Thompson started his service with Hall County in 2014 as a Jailer. He graduated from the police academy in 2015 and has served in the Uniform Patrol Division since 2016. As a Sgt., Thompson will work in the Jail Division.

Oakwood Elementary School fifth graders had a big day on Wednesday, May 23, graduating from elementary school and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE program during the same ceremony. Nearly 90 students, dressed in their finest, were recognized for completing the ten-week sheriff’s office program that teaches positive decision-making skills. To kick off the ceremony, Oakwood Elementary School Principal Dana Magill had her students turn, face their families and thank them. She then spoke directly to the families. “Parents, you are your child’s first teacher, and you will always be your child’s teacher,” Magill said. “If you think about that, that’s a huge responsibility to bear. It doesn’t go away after today. You’ve got them all your life, and it doesn’t get any easier.” Sheriff’s Lt. Gene Joy and Deputy Tim Davidson then recognized the ADVANCE graduates. “Sheriff Couch wanted me to tell you that he is extremely proud of your accomplishments,” Lt. Joy said. “He’s proud of your dedication, and he’s proud of your commitment to live a drug-free, violence-free lifestyle.” Lt. Joy has worked in the Hall County School District for 31 years, having taught many of today’s teachers and administrators in the DARE program when they were young students. “One person that really comes to mind right now is your Assistant Principal Jeremy Boleman,” Lt. Joy said at the assembly. “I worked with Jeremy when he was nine in the fifth-grade DARE program, and he was an exceptional student then, and he is just a professional individual now. We are truly blessed to have this individual representing our school in Oakwood.” Lt. Joy presented Boleman with the ADVANCE mascot, a plush toy bulldog named Dooley. Oakwood’s ADVANCE honors were the final among ten in the Hall County School District this spring. The sheriff’s office teaches the program in all 20 county elementary schools – half in each semester. ADVANCE is an acronym for avoiding drugs, violence and negative choices early.

Last, but certainly not least, nearly 90 Oakwood Elementary School fifth graders were recognized on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, for completing the Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE program. Oakwood coupled the ADVANCE ceremony with its school graduation for the class. We’re excited for the students’ success in the program and fifth grade!

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE training staff set up shop along Athens Highway recently, awarding nearly 130 Sugar Hill Academy of Talent and Career fifth graders their ADVANCE graduation certificates. The students officially completed the ten-week course that equips them to make positive choices on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Sheriff Gerald Couch speaks at each of the Hall County School District’s elementary schools for the program graduation. “Remember what you have been taught by Sgt. (Doug) Forrester. Remember what your teachers have taught you every day,” Sheriff Couch said. “Remember what your parents, grandparents and people who love you have taught you.” Sugar Hill Assistant Principal Dr. Jefferey Chandler also offered the graduates words of wisdom and encouragement. “Look at each other,” Chandler said to the students. “I want you to understand this, you are all winners. Don’t let anybody tell you anything else. You are all winners.” Chandler compared the lessons learned in ADVANCE to tools. “Put that in your tool belt. When you put it in your tool belt, I challenge you to not just take it and put it on the shelf and forget about it,” Chandler said. “Continue to use and practice what you learned. Continue to make yourself better, and pass it on and teach someone else.” Sgt. Forrester, the main ADVANCE instructor for Sugar Hill, said while the program is good, continuing relationships with students, faculty and staff is also important. ADVANCE training staff members make it a point to visit the school district’s 20 elementary schools, even when ADVANCE courses aren’t in session. “Mrs. (Beth) Skarda (Principal) and Dr. C. always make it a point if they’re not tied up to come and shake my hand and say, ‘thank you for coming into the school,’” Sgt. Forrester said. “I really appreciate that.” ADVANCE graduations for spring wrap up on Wednesday, May 23.

A large group of fifth grade students at Sugar Hill Academy of Talent and Career took another step toward middle school by graduating from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE program. The Thursday, May 17, 2018, commencement was a celebration of all the students learned about positive choices. Congratulations Comets!

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE training staff continues to be busy handing out certificates and awards for graduates of the program. Approximately 100 Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy fifth graders graduated from ADVANCE on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. “Kids, I’m very, very proud of you, and I look forward to seeing what all you accomplish,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said. During the ten-week curriculum, deputies teach students about avoiding drugs, violence and negative choices early. Wauka Mountain Principal Pamela Doig had a message each for the students and their families. She told fifth graders about her experience being offered marijuana in high school. “Thank goodness I knew what my parents and family expected of me, but I also had that knowledge that had been prepared from my training very similar to the ADVANCE training,” Doig told students. “I knew to say, ‘no,’ and walk away.” Doig asked family members to pay close attention as their students get older. “They need you more than ever. Someone told me a long time ago that when they’re little, they’re physically demanding, but when they’re older, they’re mentally demanding,” Doig said. “Please make sure you stay connected. Check those electronic devices. Make sure you’re up with the latest trends.” Deputy Don Parrish, the primary ADVANCE instructor at Wauka Mountain, asked his students to remember one thing. “Deputy Parrish always asks himself a question before I have a decision to make. That question is, ‘who am I going to please when I make this decision?’” When he asks that question, Parrish said he makes the right decision. All 20 elementary schools in the Hall County School District participate in ADVANCE. Deputies teach the course at ten schools each semester.

Fifth graders at Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy are now equipped to avoid drugs, violence and negative choices early. About 100 Wauka Mountain Cougars graduated from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE program on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. We’re proud of you!

Sgt. Doug Forrester, Deputy Don Parrish and Gainesville Police Department Master Officer Griggs Wall wrapping up registration for the ADVANCE Summer Camp 2018 - based on the interest, it’s going be an exciting camp!

An estimated 94 Sardis Enrichment School fifth graders celebrated the completion of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office ADVANCE program last week with a graduation ceremony in the Bobcat gym. Fifth grade students in all of the Hall County School District’s 20 elementary schools participate in the positive choices program offered by the sheriff’s office. That’s ten each fall and another ten in the spring learning about avoiding drugs, violence and negative choices early. Lt. Gene Joy heads up the program and also serves as its primary teacher at Sardis. “Mr. (Neil) Yarrington has allowed me to work with your children, and through his support, he has made our ADVANCE program a huge success,” Lt. Joy said at the Monday, May 14, 2018, ceremony. Sheriff Gerald Couch, himself a Sardis alum., addressed the students. “Always make good decisions,” Sheriff Couch said. “Remember what you learned in this ADVANCE program, and do not give up your future by making a bad choice that can rob you of what you want to be.” Principal Yarrington also spoke to students and their families. “Parents and grandparents, you have to understand, just because you go through the program doesn’t mean you graduate,” Yarrington said. “This class is the closest class to ever having 100 percent graduate from this program, and that makes me so, so proud. Congratulations to this fifth grade class.” Mr. Yarrington also spoke to Sardis fourth graders who will take ADVANCE next school year. “Guess what I’m getting ready to challenge you with? Can you be the first class ever to have 100 percent graduate from ADVANCE? Can you do it?” Yarrington asked. “Yes!” the students yelled back.

It was a packed house at Sardis Enrichment School for ADVANCE graduation on Monday, May 14, 2018. A gym full of parents and teachers were on hand as roughly 94 fifth graders were honored for completing the course this spring. Good job Bobcats! Keep the good choices coming in middle school.

Saturday’s registration for our 2018 ADVANCE Summer Camp was a huge success at Academy Sports on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville. As you can tell from the photos, parents and students were lined up and down the sidewalk when our ADVANCE Deputies arrived. Despite Saturday’s rainfall, 224 students between the ages of nine and 12 signed up for the June 18-22 camp. ADVANCE stands for avoiding drugs, violence, and negative choices early. We look forward to a great camp with a great group of students. http://www.advance4kids.com/