City of Griffin now prohibits aggressive panhandling

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance prohibiting aggressive panhandling. As specified in the ordinance,“solicitations for immediate donations of cash, food or other things of value in an aggressive manner” is now a criminal offense in Griffin. City officials made clear this ordinance is in response to […]

City manager discusses GPD chief hiring process

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Following the Nov. 21 res­ignation of Steve Heaton, who served as chief of the Griffin Police Department since April 2014, Capt. Ho­mer Daniel, as the senior commanding officer, has been named interim chief. Griffin City Manager Ken­ny Smith said Daniel will hold that position until the hiring process has been completed, […]

Griffin PD chief responds to criticism of recruit’s “insensitive” tweet

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A.J. Hammond, a recruit in training with the Griffin Police Department, has drawn harsh criticism following a tweet he posted during Saturday’s University of Georgia-University of Tennessee football game. After Nick Chubb, UGA’s star running back, sustained a significant and season-ending knee injury, Hammond tweeted, “I hope that ended his career! […]

Chief Steve Heaton resigning from Griffin Police Department

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Grip has learned that Griffin Police Department Chief Steve Heaton has submitted to City Manager Kenny Smith his letter of resignation. Heaton took over the chief of police position April 14, 2014, following the December 2013 restructuring of the GPD that resulted in former chief Frank Strickland’s designation as the […]

Crime suppression unit will address Griffin gangs, violent crime

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is in the process of organizing a specialized crime suppression unit that will work to curb the city’s gang activity and violent crime. Chief Steve Heaton, who took office in April 2014, has since last year stated he wanted to establish such a unit, but personnel shortages […]