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Georgia's New Secondary Metal Recycler Law

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 10-1-360, secondary metals recyclers who purchase regulated metal property in any quantity
must register with the appropriate sheriff's office(s) beginning July 1, 2012.

  • The recycler must submit a completed registration form in person to Sgt. Chuck Catlin. Sgt. Catlin can be reached at
    (678) 486-1237 or through email.
  • The recycler must also submit a copy of the driver's license or other identification along with the registration documents.
  • If the recycler is a qualified alien, secure and verifiable documentation must be attached to the application. A list of verifiable documents is included below.
  • Annually collect a non-refundable registration fee of $200, which must be remitted to the county governing authority. Registrations cannot be considered without full payment of $200.
  • Each registration is valid for a twelve month period beginning with the effective date of registration established by the sheriff’s office once all registration requirements are met.

How the Appropriate County of Registration is Determined

  • Business (Corporation or Partnership) :
    The recycler registering as a business must register with the sheriff in county where the place of operation is maintained. If the recycler maintains a place of operation in more than one county, he/she must register the business in each county.
  • Individual (Sole Proprietor):
    An individual must register in the county where he/she resides.
  • Non-resident of Georgia:
    A recycler who is not a resident of Georgia must register in the county where he/she primarily engages or intends to operate as a secondary metals recycler.


October 24, 2013

Major Case Unit



WHEREAS: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Criminal Investigative Division, and the Joint Douglasville/Douglas County Major Case Unit have distinguished themselves as one of the premier investigative units in the State of Georgia. Their continued success has been instrumental in causing the law enforcement reputation in Douglas County to be one of the best in Georgia; and

WHEREAS: Two exceptional examples of their notable commitment to duty are the Jerry Wheeler and Gary Latimer cases. In both instances, the talented group solved the cases expeditiously despite an absence of physical evidence; and

WHEREAS: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Joint Douglasville/Douglas County Major Case Unit consistently demonstrate hard work and dedicated initiative. They have set an example for others and the people of Douglas County no doubt rest easier because of them; and

WHEREAS: The freedoms and securities we are blessed to enjoy are a direct result of those in the Public Safety community. Their service and sacrifices are greatly appreciated and make Georgia an even greater place to call home; now

THEREFORE: I, NATHAN DEAL, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby commend the


October 22, 2013

Explorers Program

On Saturday 10/19/2013, two 5 person teams of Explorers travelled to North Central Police Academy for a competition. Smyrna Police Dept. was the hosting agency. Douglas County Team Two (managed by Dale Kelley) won third place in the Obstacle Course beating Douglas County Team One (managed by Ken Black) by one second.

Overall we should be proud of the Explorers in the other events of Cell Extraction, Robbery in Progress, Domestic Disturbance, Barricaded Person, Unknown Risk Traffic Stop, Trouble Unknown. In all of these events both teams ranged from an 8 to a perfect 10 for Professionalism.

Great job by all our Explorers!

October 17, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

October 11, 2013

Command Staff Division

The International Association of Chief's of Police has awarded the department First Place in the United States for the Sheriff 3 Category in National Traffic Safety.

October 4th, 2013

Community Event


The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is sponsoring "Pill Take Back Day" on Friday, October 11th from 1 - 5 p.m. at all six Walgreen's Pharmacies in Douglas County. Residents may bring any kind of pill/drug to Walgreen's to have it safely disposed of with no questions asked. Tents will be set up in the parking lots of each Walgreen's and residents can "drive-through" and drop off pills/drugs into an unmarked bag. Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputies will not examine the contents of the bags.

This effort between the Sheriff's Department and Walgreen's is to provide an opportunity for citizens to get rid of expired prescriptions, prescriptions that are no longer used by household members, prescriptions that do not belong to the holder, and other legal and illegal drugs. The pills/drugs will be properly disposed.

    The six participating Walgreen's locations are:
  • 5864 Fairburn Road at Durelee Lane
  • 9465 Highway 5 at Douglas Boulevard
  • 3851 Chapel Hill Road at Central Church Road
  • 500 Thornton Road at Maxham Road
  • 2701 Fairburn Road at Lee Road
  • 9591 Conners Road at Mirror Lake Boulevard.

Questions concerning the "Pill Take Back Day" may be directed to Douglas County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Jesse Hambrick at 770.577.5106.

October 4, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

These three individuals have purchased two cartons at a time of Newport cigarettes with stolen credit cards or gift cards at the Food Depot on Highway 5 in Douglasville. In each instance, the total is over $100 dollars and this has happened more than eight times. The card holders buy the Newport cigarettes with the cards and then two to three months later the store receives a dispute on the charges. The store is taking extra precaution now in credit card sales of cigarettes. If anyone can identify these individuals please contact Investigator Chuck Catlin 678-486-1237.

October 1, 2013

Criminal Investigations Division

On Thursday 9-26-13 between the hours of 5:45 pm to 6:10 pm, the two pictured females entered the Dollar General on Thornton Rd next to Bleakley Ford. The subjects stole items from the Dollar General and left the scene in the pictured car. The vehicle is either an older Pontiac Grand Am or a Nissan Maxima or Altima.
Any information on these two subjects please contact:
Inv A J Williams
Desk: 678 486 1234
Off: 770 949 5656

September 20, 2013

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be hosting our Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat event this Halloween. CLEA will be selling food and beverages and will have free games for the little ones. Training is going to have the driving simulator, the race car and some other big vehicles set up in the visitation parking lot. The DCSO will be collecting food for the food drive during Trunk or Treat, and there will be hot dogs and other food items for sale to raise money for the DCSO Victims' Fund. The distribution of candy will be by county employees only.

Michelle Huey

September 05, 2013

What: Food Drive for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Faith in Action Food Bank.

When: September 9, 2013 thru December 16, 2013

Where: Douglas County Sheriff's Office Lobby. There will be bins under the staircase.

Items Needed:

  • Nonperishable food items
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Dish soap
  • Detergent
  • Etc.
  • Clothing will not be accepted at this time.


More Information:
Judge McClain is very active with Faith in Action and he stated they are currently feeding 140 families and during the holidays they expect that number to go up to at least 200 families. He has said that in all his years as a prosecutor he had never prosecuted anyone for stealing food, and that these people have to really work to get this food. He is familiar with a great many of these people who ask for food and most of them were, at one time, hardworking employed people, and one or both heads of the household had lost their jobs.

Some of these people are elderly people who might go hungry the last week of the month until their Social Security checks come in if it were not for the food bank. There are children in this county that ask other children for the food they do not eat and they check the trash for salvageable food items to take home each night. This food is either for them or siblings. Please think of the people, the good people who could be you or me in the same position. You can learn more about Faith in Action by visiting their website:

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