Reports of body found in Hillandale are false

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Online reports that a dead body was located in the Hillandale subdivision are false. Spalding County Coroner Sonny Foster confirmed statements to that effect are “totally erroneous.” The GRIP has placed a phone call to Griffin Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Wilson requesting a return call. Additional information on […]

One person killed in SCSO officer involved shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: One person was shot and killed late Wednesday night, July 4, in an officer involved shooting. The incident occurred on Bonnie Ridge Drive and involved personnel of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The GRIP contacted SCSO Capt. Dwayne Jones, who initially reported the Sheriff’s Office had requested the Georgia Bureau of […]

Innovative GPD therapy dog program will serve special victims

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Thanks to the initiative taken by two of the city’s finest – Lt. Karen Yancy and Sgt. Kelly McKinney – the Griffin Police Department now has a Therapy Dog Program in place. Gracie, and shar pei/Labrador mix, and Chevy, a pit bull, are the GPD’s newest K9 officers that will be […]

Sheriff: One person killed in officer involved shooting

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed one person was shot and killed Wednesday night by a deputy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. According to Sheriff Darrell Dix, the deputy involved in the shooting was uninjured in the incident. Neither the decedent nor the deputy have been identified. Dix has requested the Georgia […]

Second agency had concerns about officer later hired by GPD

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Prior to his employment with the Griffin Police Department, Tyler Cooper worked for three other agencies – the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Butt’s County Sheriff’s Office. The GRIP previously reported multiple incidents allegedly involving Cooper at the Butt’s County Sheriff’s Office that culminated with […]

Sheriff swears in personnel; details his expectations

SHEILA  A. MATHEWS ::: As one of his official acts, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix swore in his Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility personnel. This also presented an opportunity for Dix to speak to his personnel and lay out his expectations. Dix wanted to make it clear from the beginning that he both wants and […]

Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s assistance in locating woman

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Christine L. Ruschmeier, also known as Christine Green. Ruschmeier is a white female standing 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, but she changes her hair color to red, blue and […]

GPD officer credited with saving distraught woman’s life

STAFF REPORT ::: Cpl. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division, is being credited with saving the life of a distraught woman. On Dec. 4, Wilson was dispatched to the Ellis Bridge Road in reference to a woman believed to be attempting suicide by jumping off the bridge. Upon arrival, Wilson found […]

GPD implements Public Oriented Policing tactics

By Sheila A. Marshall Editor The Griffin Police Department has responded to Board of Commission members’ concerns regarding local crime by implementing a new method of law enforcement – Problem Oriented Policing – which will shift officers’ focus from reactionary to preemptive. Chief Frank Strickland explained that Uniform Patrol officers historically patrolled the city and […]