Friday, March 24, 2017

Public Indecency Arrest

On Friday, March 17, 2017, a concerned citizen called 911 to report an individual watching pornographic material and exposing his genitals in the parking lot of the Target located in the Canton Market Place Shopping Center off Ga. Hwy 20 near I-575.  Before responding Officers arrived, the male fled the scene in a newer model red Mini Cooper.  However, the caller was able to provide a very good description of the suspect before he left the area.  At that time, Officers began an investigation into the incident, searched for the individual and through evidence / statements collected secured warrants for the suspect's arrest.  

During the early evening of Thursday, March 23, 2017, Officers again responded to the same location as before in reference to a subject in a red Mini Cooper watching lewd videos and exposing himself in-front of the caller, another adult and a child.  The suspect again fled before Officers arrived.  Responding Officers collected additional evidence, statements and secured further arrest warrants for the same male that committed this act on March 17, 2017.  With further leads on his whereabouts, the Cobb Police Department located the suspect in their jurisdiction this morning and took him into custody where he was transported to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center.  

Arrested:

Jeffrey Mark Lanford age: 40 of Roswell, Ga. 

Charges:

Public Indecency two (2) counts
Child Molestation one (1) count

Police Detectives are asking if there is anyone who knows of additional incidents involving this suspect to please contact the department at 770-720-4883. 

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, "We are grateful for these citizens who were very aware of their surroundings, got involved and provided extremely vital information that led to the arrest of this individual before any additional crimes occurred.  This is what happens when law enforcement and citizens work together in an effort to improve the quality of life for our community."   


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tagging Arrest

Over the past month, Officers have responded to eight (8) incidents involving tagging / graffiti where individual (s) have spray painted different symbols on both public and private property around the City. Officers and the assigned Detective began to conduct a follow up investigation and were able to positively identify a suspect and also obtain the physical evidence needed to secure arrest warrants for the individual in all eight (8) of these cases. 

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the suspect, Mr. Dawson Wagner age: 17 of  Woodstock, Ga., was arrested, subsequently interviewed and booked into the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Facility for eight (8) counts of Criminal Trespass.        

Canton Police Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “Our Officers and investigating Detective worked hard in their response, investigation and arrest of this individual which brought a successful resolution to these criminal acts. This arrest also shows there is no room for this type of activity in our City and furthers our efforts to protect and improve the quality of life for those we serve.”




Thursday, March 9, 2017

Multi-Agency Coffee with a Cop


The next Coffee with a Cop community event will be a Multi-Agency program held on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8:00 - 10:00 am., at Cup Up Coffee located at 210 East Main Street, Canton, Ga. This excellent program will not only include members of our Police Department but will also involve members of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Marshals Office, Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, Woodstock Police Department, Holly Springs Police Department, Ball Ground Police Department, Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office, the Cherokee County Solicitor’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol. 

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “All Law Enforcement agencies in Cherokee County strongly feel that community events such as this are essential to us connecting and engaging with the citizens we serve.  We also believe this program will help to build a foundation of trust with each segment of our communities and will grow a very positive culture between our hard working departments and this great County. Our departments want to thank our citizens for their support and feedback which greatly assists us in providing better Law Enforcement services and also “humanizes the badge” for both adults and children. Our hope is our citizens will see we truly care about them, their quality of life, their safety and what goes on in our Communities.”

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


Monday, February 27, 2017

Canton Police Promotion

During a promotion ceremony at Canton City Hall on Monday, February 27, 2017, Corporal Jesse Hamilton was recognized for his promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Chief Mark J. Mitchell presented Sgt. Hamilton with his Attention to Orders and His wife and son were honored with the privilege of pinning on his new badge. Sgt. Hamilton has been with the Canton Police Department for over four years.


Chief Mark J. Mitchell added, "Sgt. Jesse Hamilton has the skill set and motivation needed to be an exceptional asset to our Supervision team."




Monday, February 20, 2017

Coffee With A Cop

The Police Department’s next Coffee with a Cop community event will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm., at the Starbucks located at 2030 Cumming Highway, 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 Starbucks and their management team for inviting us to be a part of such an important community event.”                                                                                                               

                               

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Partnership for Mentorship Program

The Canton Police Department, in partnership with the Cherokee County School District, will soon begin an Officer-involved Mentorship Program at both Teasley Middle School and Ace Academy in the City of Canton.  This new initiative is geared toward giving youth that are facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives the opportunity to build positive mentoring relationships with Officers that serve in their communities.  
The purpose and goal of this program is for Officers (with parental consent) to be able to build trust and positive relationships with struggling students.  Additionally, the focus of this effort is to increase the student’s self-esteem and confidence, lower rates of individual delinquency, decrease intent to use alcohol or drugs, acquire an attitude that is less accepting of violence, reduce acceptance of others substance abuse, increase attachment to friends or mentors that will be a positive influence on the individual and increase the student’s ability to plan for the future. 
Officers plan to begin the program next month and will continue to meet with identified students one (1) day per month until the end of the school year. 
Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “We are extremely excited to enter into this outreach partnership with the Cherokee County School District.  Officer Tiffanie Smithwick brought the excellent idea for this program to my attention and I encouraged her to coordinate how the program was to be integrated into the School system.  Just like our “Read with a Cop” partnership, we believe it is vitally important for our Officers to connect, engage and build trusting relationships with the diverse group of students in our schools and community.  Our organization feels this is a critical part of our Community Policing philosophy and will allow this agency the opportunity to guide, mentor and coach struggling students in a positive direction which is imperative, especially during this time in our Nation’s history.”       



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Burglary Suspect Wanted


On February 14, 2017, starting at approximately 1:40 am, the pictured male burglarized La Palmas Restaurant (8012 Cumming Hwy). At that point, the suspect proceeded to break into La Parilla Restaurant (1810 Cumming Hwy) and then made forced entry into Buffalo’s Cafe (1625 Ball Ground Hwy.) The suspect used a large crowbar to enter the businesses and was driving the pictured, red pickup truck.  All of the burglaries are believed to be connected and to have occurred within a 30 minute period.

If you have any information pertaining to this case please contact:
Detective D. Hansen;
p: 770-720-4883
email: dennis.hansen@canton-georgia.com