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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Canton Police Explorers Place at Competition

The Canton Police Explorers competed in law enforcement-related activities at Winterfest, an annual competition held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The competition, held Feb. 10-11th, included over 85 law enforcement agencies from 12 states. Over 3,000 participants ranging from ages 14 yrs. to 21 yrs. old took part in the event.  There are several types of Explorer Posts, from police, to fire and emergency services, to veterinary, and finally to legal agencies that all take part in competitions that are designed to test their skills and knowledge on subjects pertaining to the organizations they represent.

The Canton Police Explorers received a fourth-place finish in Officer Down, seventh-place in Robbery in Progress and placed tenth in Unknown Trouble.

“We are so proud of how well our Explorers competed and the effort they put into training for the competition.  Our Explorers were very professional and honored the values of our agency and city,” said Canton Police Public Information Officer, Pacer Cordry.

Front Row- Sergeant Rodney Campbell, Ether Petty, Taylor Roe, radiance Joseph,  Rivka Joseph, Corporal Mary Turner, Malayne Cordry, Tripp Ohar, Redana Joseph, Corporal Jesse Ray and Officer Pacer Cordry
Back Row- Jonathan Evans, Carter Hux, Katie Brangan and Bethany Worley.
Officer Down Competition
Explorer standing left to right: Carter Hux, Tripp Ohar, Katie Brangan, and Taylor Roe

Monday, January 30, 2017

Robbery Investigation and Arrests

On January 12, 2017, just before 2:00 pm., Officers were dispatched to the 300 building of Lancaster Ridge Apartments to the report of an Armed Robbery with an individual who had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers, along with the a Police Detective, collected witness statements and gathered evidence at the crime scene. The alleged victim in the case advised that he was robbed of his personal items at gunpoint by two (2) individuals who fled after the crime occurred. The victim then told Officers that he drove toward the suspects in his vehicle as they fled but they moved out of the way before he struck a vehicle in the parking lot of the  apartments. The Detective took all of this information and began to conduct a follow-up investigation. 

During the course of the investigation, additional witnesses were interviewed and additional evidence collected that led to the identification of three (3) individuals who were deemed to be responsible for the Armed Robbery.  A lookout was given to all Officers who then began to look for the individuals in an effort to take them into custody to bring resolution to this investigation. On January 21, 2017 at 0840 hrs., our agency received a call that one (1) of the suspects had returned home after being reported missing the day prior.  Officers quickly responded and were able to take the individual into custody without further incident. 

Furthermore, on January 25, 2017 at 1900 hrs., Officers were conducting undercover surveillance on Oakside Drive and were able to alertly apprehend the second suspect without incident. With two (2) of the perpetrators in custody, it afforded the case Detective the opportunity to gain additional information which assisted in the identification and subsequent arrest of the third suspect in this case. 

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “Our Officers and Detectives were able to thoroughly put the pieces of the puzzle together in this investigation to ensure the suspects involved were taken into custody. Their diligence ensured a safe and successful resolution to this criminal activity”. 

Suspect Information / Charges:

Name:  Channon A. Hooks age: 17 of Canton, Ga.
Charge:  Armed Robbery

Name:  Chandler D. Lanier age: 17 of Woodstock, Ga.
Charge:  Armed Robbery

Name:  Emory Montroy age:  17 of Canton, Ga.
Charge:  Armed Robbery


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Entering Auto Arrests

On Monday, January 23, 2017, just before 1:00 pm., Officers responded to the Burger King located off Marietta Highway. A witness had called 911 to report a suspicious male in a dark colored SUV attempting to break into a pick-up truck in the rear parking lot of the restaurant. As units along with other agency personnel responded, dispatch advised the male was leaving the Burger King and turned right onto Marietta Highway. Additionally, the 911 caller advised a female that was also in the suspicious vehicle was dropped off by the male and walked into the eatery.

Responding units quickly made contact with the suspicious SUV and initiated a traffic stop near Knox Bridge Highway. At the same time, Officers were able to make contact with the witness, secure a statement and a video that he recorded of the male attempting to make entry into a truck with a screwdriver. The witness also recorded the suspect vehicle and the female as she walked away from the Burger King over near the Ollie’s Merchandise store. Units intercepted the suspicious female before she was able to leave the area.  At that point, both the male and female were taken into custody and transported to the department for further questioning. The vehicle was secured and towed from the scene as Detectives worked to obtain a search warrant in an effort to recover stolen property.

Earlier in the day, Officers documented five (5) Entering Auto incidents where the method of entry was the same as the aforementioned criminal activity. During the traffic stop of the SUV the male was operating, Officers observed several items that appeared to have been taken from the vehicles that were entered previously. Through additional interviews, Detectives confirmed the male and female were involved in all of the Entering Auto crimes that day. During the execution of the search warrant,  numerous stolen items were located that belonged to the victims of these cases. In fact, when the valuables were recovered, Detectives discovered one (1) of the stolen items was taken during an Entering Auto incident last week in Woodstock, Ga. and another incident that happened during the same period here in our City.         

Chief Mark J. Mitchell stated, “This is what happens when citizens get involved and vigilantly become additional eyes and ears to help protect our community. We are extremely thankful for the witness who greatly assisted us in bringing these crimes to a safe and successful resolution. I am also proud of the hard work and diligence of our Officers and Detectives which keenly connected these individuals to all of the autos that were entered or attempted to be entered. Additionally, we will be working to have this citizen recognized for his efforts and assistance before a Council Meeting in the near future. 


Sherrick Ragland -B/M
28 years of old of Atlanta
4x Entering Auto - O.C.G.A. 16-8-18
4x Criminal Damage - O.C.G.A. 16-7-23
Criminal Attempt Entering Auto - O.C.G.A. 16-4-1
Removing or affixing license plate with intent to conceal or misrepresent- O.C.G.A 40-2-7
Driving on Suspended License- O.C.G.A. 45-1-21
Possession of a Firearm by convicted felon- O.C.G.A. 16-11-131

Leticia Rivers -B/F
27 years old of Forest Park
4x Entering Auto - O.C.G.A. 16-8-18
4x Criminal Damage - O.C.G.A. 16-7-23
1x Criminal Attempt Entering Auto - O.C.G.A. 16-4-1


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Entering Auto and Burglary Arrest

 On January 18, 2017, the Canton Police Department arrested and charged a Mr. Christopher Tyrone Seabrooks with the crime of Entering Auto and Burglary.  Patrol Officers along with Detectives conducted an investigation into these crimes that span back to November 2016.  During that time, Officers responded to a vehicle that was entered off Juniper Street where property (tools) were taken from a pickup truck during the early morning hours.  Earlier this month, Officers responded to the report of a storage building being entered at a residence off Kennett Street.  The victim reported that a piece of building equipment was taken and also provided very helpful video surveillance of the crime which greatly assisted the department during the course of the investigation. 

Chief of Police Mark J. Mitchell stated, "The hard work of our Officers and Detective along with the assistance that we received from our citizens was key in the arrest of this individual and enables us to bring resolution to this criminal activity.  This is what happens when a Police Department and the citizens we serve work together in an effort to improve the quality of life for our great city."

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.”