Friday, January 13, 2017

Coffee with a Cop

The Police Department’s next Coffee with a Cop community event will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 10:30 am. -  12:00 pm., at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA  located at 151 Waleska Street, Canton, Ga.  This is an excellent program that continues to allow Officers and citizens to connect, engage and build important trusting relationships that are vital to improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “We strongly believe Coffee with a Cop has become one of the most important monthly programs that we are involved in that is essential to us connecting with the citizens we serve.  Given the current tense environment in our nation between communities and law enforcement, we feel this program helps to build a foundation of trust with each segment of our community and continues to grow a very positive culture between our hard working department and this great City.” 

Chief Mitchell said, “I want to thank our citizens for their support and feedback which greatly assists us in providing better police services and also “humanizes the badge” to both adults and children.  Our hope is that our citizens will see that we truly care about them, their quality of life, their safety and what goes on in our City.”

Chief Mitchell added, “I would like to thank the YMCA and their management team for inviting us to be a part of such an important community event.”    

Community Meeting

On Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm., the Police Department will be holding its first Community Meeting of the year at the St. Paul AME Church located at 390 Crisler St., Canton, Ga. 30114.

Chief Mark J. Mitchell and members of the agency’s staff will be discussing their community goals/work projects for 2017 and partnering with attendees to talk about the importance of Police/Community trust and relationships. Also, this will be a time of important open dialogue that will be a chance for citizens to learn about what is going on in their Police Department and to express any needs, concerns or issues they have in the community or with the service rendered by the Department. Additionally, the agency hopes the meeting will provide vital feedback in order for the organization to improve its service to the community. Furthermore, there will be a question and answer session followed by a time of fellowship and pizza that will be served for those in attendance.

Chief Mitchell stated, “Our series of Community Meetings over the past several years has resulted in stronger relationships and the building of trust with our Citizens. However, we are not where we need to be and our outreach efforts with those we serve are a “Work in Progress” that needs to be continuously cultivated and not left to become stagnant. Our department fully believes that it is vitally important to connect and engage with our Citizens which will continue to pay important dividends now and in the future to allow us to effectively address criminal activity and public concerns.”

Monday, January 9, 2017

Auto Theft Suspect Apprehended

On January 9, 2017, at approximately 9:00 am, a resident from the 100 block of Juniper Street reported their white Dodge Ram had been stolen from their home.  The owner of the vehicle had started the truck and was letting it warm up while they returned inside the home.  When the owner of the vehicle went back outside he found it stolen.

A short time later, a Cherokee County Sheriffs K-9 Officer observed the vehicle entering the River Green Subdivision located on Hwy 20.  The K-9 Officer and Canton Officers located the unoccupied vehicle in a driveway of the General’s Place section of River Green.  At that point, they observed a white male near the vehicles location run into the wood line behind some homes.

Officers chased the suspect into the woods when he circled back and a citizen saw him in a backyard near where he entered the woods and notified a nearby Officer.  Officer’s quickly located him behind a home and arrested him without incident.  He was taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Chief of Police Mark J. Mitchell stated, "I would like to thank the Cherokee Sheriff's Office for their alert action, very timely assistance and dedicated support that played a very vital role in the apprehension of this individual.  In addition, we appreciate several of the River Green residents for getting involved by calling 911 to let us know they spotted the suspect which helped us pinpoint the suspect's location before he was taken into custody." 

The suspect was identified as:
Joshua D. Reese
26 yrs. Old
From Canton GA

Theft By Taking (Auto) O.C.G.A. 16-8-12 (Felony)
Obstructing or Hindering Law Enforcement Officer 16-10-24 (MISD)

Mr. Reese also had an outstanding warrant for “Failure to Appear” on a traffic offense.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Police Recruitment Program

The Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Police Officer. The agency is actively looking for diverse men and women who aspire to join a very professional organization and possess a community mindset to serve and protect the citizens of Canton. 

To further the goal of employing those candidates who are the best fit for the department, the organization will be hosting its second “Police Recruitment Program” on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm., on the third floor of Canton City Hall located at 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton, Ga. 30114. 

Those who are interested in attending this informative event will need to be there no later than 3:00 pm. Attendees will be given a presentation that covers the agency’s Mission Statement, Core Values, Nobility Statement, budget facts, breakdown of latest new equipment, current programs, work-projects and an overview of the organization’s structure. In addition, presenters will cover a summary of the department’s hiring standards, the hiring process and employee salary / benefits. The event will end with a question and answer session for persons in attendance. 

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “We are very excited to host this event because our goal is to attract the most professional, viable, diverse and community oriented candidates that are the best fit for our organization. We are working hard to build a team that strives to connect with our citizens, protect our public, supports each other and endeavors to improve the quality of life for the community we serve.  We want to be proactive in the recruitment of Officer candidates and not simply reactive by posting the position and wait for individuals to apply.” Chief Mitchell urges citizens to monitor the department’s active Facebook page for further recruiting information over the coming weeks before the event.

The agency will also be reaching out to military outsource centers, colleges, law enforcement academies and other civic organizations in an effort to attract the best applicants for the position of Police Officer.    

El departamento de la policía está actualmente contratando para la posición de policías patrulleros. La agencia esta activamente buscas hombres y mujeres quién aspiran unirse a una profesional/organización y tienen la mentalidad de servir y proteger la comunidad y los ciudadanos de Cantón. La meta es emplear aquellos candidatos quiénes puedan adaptarse al departamento.

La agencia haciendo el segundo "Programa Contratación de Policía" el Martes 24 Enero del 2017, de 3:00 - 5:00 pm., en el tercio piso en 151 Elizabeth Street, Cantón, GA. 30114. Aquellos quién estén interesado en asistir a este evento necesitarán estar presente no más tarde que 3:00 pm. La asistencia es voluntaria se dará una presentación que cubre la Misión y Valores de la agencia, presupuesto, Equipo de trabajo, programas actuales, proyectos de trabajo y visión general de la agencia.

 Además, se cubrirá en resumen las normas para contratación del departamento, el proceso de contratación y salario / beneficios de empleo. El evento acabará con una sesión de pregunta y respuesta para personas interesadas.

El Jefe de Policía Mark J. Mitchell declaró, " Estamos muy emocionados por este evento, nuestra meta es a atraer a más diverso profesionales, que protejan nuestra comunidad. Candidatos que se puedan adaptar a nuestra organización. Nosotros estamos trabajando duro para construir un equipo que pueda conectarse con nuestros ciudadanos, proteger nuestro público, apoyarnos uno a los otros y que esfuercen en mejorar la calidad de vida para la comunidad que servimos. Queremos a ser proactivos en la contratación de candidatos y no simplemente esperar por que las personas apliquen."

El Jefe de Policía Mitchell los invita a unirse a la página de Facebook de el Departamento de la policía para más información del evento. La agencia estará hiendo a las centro de la fuera a militar, colegios, academias de policía y otras organizaciones en esfuerzo de atraer los mejor solicitantes para la posición de policía patrullero.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Shoplifter Wanted

On December 22, 2016, at approximately 9:00 AM Canton Officers responded to a theft in progress call at Wal-Mart (1550 Riverstone Parkway).  A Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer observed a female placing a large amount of items in a shopping cart.  The suspect then attempted to leave the store without purchasing the items in the cart.  The Loss Prevention Officer attempted to stop the suspect when she fled the area on foot.  Canton Police Officers were able to obtain information about the suspect from items she left behind.

The suspect attempted to take a large amount of teeth whitening strips, and razor blades valued at over $2,000.00.

Kelly Grace Obrien
White Female
26 yrs. Old
Blue Eyes

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Canton Police Department: 770-720-4883 or call 911.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Canton Police Hires New Officer

The Canton Police Department has recently hired Officer Kathleen Gerdes to join their team. For the past two years Officer Gerdes has worked as an Officer at the Floyd County Police Department. She is the sister of Detective Allison Gerdes who is employed with the Canton Police Department in the Criminal Investigations Department.

In her free time, Officer Gerdes is an avid outdoor enthusiast who likes to spend time with family and read books. She was sworn in, December 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM, by the honorable Judge Thomas D. Roach at City Hall. Over the next few months, Officer Gerdes will be working in our field training program to learn the streets of Canton and get to know the members of our great community.

Chief Mark J. Mitchell said, "Officer Kathleen Gerdes will be an excellent fit for this organization. During the course of her employment process, we found that her experience, attitude, mindset and background shows that she is the caliber of Officer that we need at our department to both protect and engage with our Community."

Promotion Ceremony

During a promotion ceremony at Canton City Hall on December 14, 2016, Officer Patrick Duncan was recognized for his promotion to the rank of Corporal. Corporal Duncan has been with the Canton Police Department for over three years. His wife and son pinned his new badge on his uniform. Prior to his service on the police force, Corporal Duncan served in the armed forces for over eight years.

Chief Mark J. Mitchell said, "We are extremely proud of Cpl. Patrick Duncan for this accomplishment. He is a very dedicated and loyal member of this agency and is going to work hard to direct, coach, mentor and professionally lead the Officers he supervises. Cpl. Duncan will be a great addition to our supervision team."