The Jefferson Police Department is located in the City of Jefferson, Georgia. Jefferson, Georgia is the county seat of Jackson County in Northeast Georgia and is named after President Thomas Jefferson. The city was formed in 1806 and the Jefferson Police Department’s coverage area is about 23 square miles. The population of the coverage area is over 13,000. The Chief of Police is Chief Joseph W. Wirthman, and he was appointed on September 5, 2006. He leads an agency of 26 sworn and 3 non-sworn personnel that are responsible for the law enforcement function in the city.
The agency is commanded by the Chief of Police, followed by an Assistant Chief. The agency has four patrol shifts, a Criminal Investigations Division and support functions that report directly to an Operations Lieutenant. We also have a Training Coordinator, State Certification Manager and Probation Officer. The agency also boasts a K-9 unit, a Neighborhood Watch Program, and a Park and Walk Program.
The Jefferson Police Department has served the City of Jefferson for over 100 years. The population of the city doubled in a ten-year period recently which has caused an increase in the number of calls dispatched on a daily basis to the agency. The agency’s calls and service contacts for the last 5 years are as follows: 2017 = 21,300 / 2018 = 24,400 / 2019 = 21,200 / 2020 = 23,800 / 2021 = 28,550 / 2022 = 24,250