Prompt reporting of criminal activities is helpful in solving criminal cases and in the prevention of other crimes. If you are a victim of a crime and want to meet the police in person about the incident , call 912.384.7675 for nonemergencies. To report an emergency or crime in progress, call 911 immediately!
Reporting suspicious activities may be very helpful in preventing a crime or in solving criminal cases. Any report of crime that is non-emergency in nature should be reported by calling 912.384.7675.
Additionally, you can come the Campus Police Department on the Douglas Campus. Our office is located on the back side of the campus in Tiger Village I. Call the office phone at 912.260.4401. Because we are often patrolling the campus, an officer may not be in the building.
LiveSafe is a safety system built with smartphone technology. It facilitates discreet and risk-free bystander intervention through information sharing. Through smaprtphone devices, students can report GPS-tagged information with added pictures, video, and audio clips. Officers can respond to students using a real-time two-way chat, or investigate information submitted. The solution:
•Empowers students to take more ownership in campus safety by turning smartphones into powerful personal safety tools
•Leverages the campus community’s eyes and ears by increasing communication between students and safety officials
•Enhances students’ everyday safety through better awareness of safety issues
•Strengthens resiliency against sexual assault
•Allows submission of tips & info quickly and discreetly on suspicious activity, mental health concerns, and sexual assault. Tip submitters may choose to submit anonymously and can add picture or video evidence
•Uses location tracking during emergency situations
•Conveniently accessds essential safety resources & info, including a map with crime data and safety locations provided by SGSC
•Helps keep friends safe using SafeWalk - friends or family can virtually walk you to your destination.
The Crime Victims Bill of Rights
The Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights, O.C.G.A. 17-17-1, et seq., provides individuals who are victims of certain crimes specific rights. These rights include:
• The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any scheduled court proceedings or any changes to such proceedings;
• The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of the arrest, release, or escape of the accused;
• The right not to be excluded from any scheduled court proceedings, except as provided by law;
• The right to be heard at any scheduled court proceedings involving the release, plea, or sentencing of the accused;
• The right to file a written objection in any parole proceedings involving the accused;
• The right to confer with the prosecuting attorney in any criminal prosecution related to the victim;
• The right to restitution as provided by law;
• The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
• The right to be treated fairly and with dignity by all criminal justice agencies involved in the case.
The Crime Victims Bill of Rights specifically applies to victims of the following crimes:
• Assault and Battery
• Kidnapping, False Imprisonment and related offenses
• Reckless Conduct
• Cruelty to Children
• Stalking/Aggravated Stalking
• Cruelty to a Person 65 Years of Age or Older
• All Sexual Offenses
• Arson, Bombs and Explosives
• Elder Abuse
• Homicide by Vehicle
• Feticide by Vehicle
• Serious Injury by Vehicle
• Sale or Distribution of Harmful Materials to Minors
• Forgery, Deposit Account Fraud, Illegal Use of Financial Transaction Cards, Other Fraud Related Offenses, Computer Crimes, & Identity Theft
In general, after the crime occurs and is reported, and upon initial contact with a victim, law enforcement and court personnel must advise him or her of the following:
• That it is possible that the accused may be released from custody prior to trial;
• That victims have certain rights during various stages of the criminal justice system;
• That victims have the right to refuse or agree to be interviewed by the accused, the accused's attorney, or anyone who represents or contacts you on behalf of the accused;
• That additional information about these stages can be obtained by contacting the pertinent state and/or local agency involved, or by contacting the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at 404-559-4949;
• That victims may be eligible for monetary compensation for certain out-of-pocket losses incurred as a result of their victimization from the State's Crime Victims Emergency Fund (Crime Victims Compensation) which is administered by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council;
• That victims may have available to them community-based victim service programs and that more information may be obtained by contacting the Governor's Victim Assistance Helpline at 1-800-338-6745.
The Victim-Witness Assistance Program of the District Attorney’s Office, located in the Coffee County Courthouse, 101 South Peterson Ave Douglas, Ga., provides victims and witnesses with information and support. They can be reached at 912.383.7600 or 912.384.6166.
In Waycross, the Victim-Witness Assistance Program of the Waycross Judicial Circuit is located in the DA’s Office at the Ware County Courthouse Annex, 201 State Street, Waycross, Ga. They can be reached at 912.287.4353 or 912.287.4395.