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Q - How do I file a police report?
If the report is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
A - If the incident occurred in the City of Covington, you have several options. 1).You can call 911 and request a police officer to your location; 2). You can call the NON-EMERGENCY phone number at: 770-385-2053; or 3). You can come to the Covington Police Department and file a report. The address is 1143 Oak Street, and our office is open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

Q - How do I pay for my ticket?
A - You can pay for a ticket three different ways:
1)  Visit the Covington Police Department @ 1143 Oak Street - cash & credit card (Visa & Mastercard) accepted.
2)  Call in a credit card payment to 770-786-7605 - have your credit card and citation number available.
3)  COMING SOON - on-line citation payments.

Q - How do I find out if someone is in jail?
A - The Covington Police Department does not operate a jail. The Newton County Detention Center is located at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road Covington, Georgia 30014 and can be reached by calling 678-625-1420. Or, you can check out the current Newton County Detention Center Inmate List.

Q - My car was towed, what do I do now?
A - If your vehicle was impounded inside the city limits of Covington, you may obtain a vehicle release by showing proof of ownership to the DIO (Duty Information Officer) at the Covington Police Department. Presenting satisfactory proof of ownership or right to possess the vehicle, proof of insurance, proof that a person with valid driving privileges will be in operation of the vehicle is required at the time of release. Our office is located at 1143 Oak Street Covington Georgia 30014 – we’re open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

Q - How can I get a copy of a police report?
A - can obtain an accident report by logging onto our website; visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington, Georgia 30014; or mailing us an accident request with a self addressed stamped envelope (please include the case number, name of the person involved, date of the accident, and any other information that may assist us in locating your report).

You can obtain an incident report by visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington Georgia 30014 – website; visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington, Georgia 30014; or mailing us an accident request with a self addressed stamped envelope (please include the case number, name of the person involved, date of the accident, and any other information that may assist us in locating your report).

You can obtain an incident report by visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington Georgia 30014 – website; visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington, Georgia 30014; or mailing us an accident request with a self addressed stamped envelope (please include the case number, name of the person involved, date of the accident, and any other information that may assist us in locating your report).

You can obtain an incident report by visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington Georgia 30014 – PLEASE ALLOW 72 HOURS FOR THE REPORT TO BE PROCESSED BEFORE YOUR REQUEST

The police department will not release copies of reports that are part of an open and pending investigation. Other reports that will not be released include sex offenses, incomplete death investigation reports, cases involving the custody of an allegedly mentally ill person, or arrest reports that have been referred to the District Attorney's Office or the Juvenile Department.

Q - Where can I get my fingerprints taken?
A - Generally speaking, the Covington Police Department does not offer this service to the public. We do offer a Child Identification Packet for parents that include a fingerprinting and photograph of the child. If you are interested in one of these packets, please contact Lt. Paul Dailey at the Covington Police Department by email or call him at 770-385-6431.

Q - Do you take pictures for passports?
A - No. You might try the Yellow Pages under "Passports" or one of the local drug stores.

Q - People keep speeding up and down my street. What can I do?
A - Traffic complaints are one of the most common calls received by the Covington Police Department. With increased growth, more of these calls can be expected. The Covington Police Department takes these complaints seriously – so we made it convenient to report “traffic problems”. Just go to our website and click the tab that reads "Report a Traffic Problem". If your concern is a single vehicle or needs immediate attention, report it to non-emergency dispatch, 770-385-2053.

  • Please report areas of concern by noting:
    1. Street and cross streets
    2. Time of day
    3. Specific problems such as speeding, running stop signs, etc...
    4. Whether it is a chronic or occasional problem
    5. Your name and contact number

Q - I need to get my property back from the Police Department. What do I need to do?
A - Property that was taken by the Covington Police Department can only be released by appointment. Call 770-385-2071 to schedule an appointment.

Q - Do you provide tours of the Covington Police Department?
A - Yes. Our Community Outreach Division schedules/conducts tours. Please call Captain W.G. Davis @ 770-385-2125 to schedule a date and time.

Q - Can I do a ride-a-long with the Covington Police Department?
A - Yes. If you would like to do a ride-a-long with a patrol officer – contact Captain Ken Malcom or call 770-385-2126. Most ride-a-longs last approximately 4 hours and can be scheduled for times that best meet your schedule. A background check will be completed prior to scheduling a ride-a-long. Participants must wear casual business attire (No jeans).

Q - Does Covington Police Department do house checks if I'm away on vacation?
A - Yes!! The officers of the Covington Police Department will gladly check your home while you’re away. If you would like someone to check your residence while you're out of town, please visit our website and click on the ">visit our website and click on the ">visit our website and click on the "Vacation Watch" tab – fill out the form and submit it 4-5 days prior to you leaving. Or you can drop by the Covington Police Department at 1143 Oak Street Covington, Georgia 30014 and fill out a request form.

Q - How do I know if I must appear in court or just pay my ticket?
A - Your citation should provide you with all this information – but feel free to call our Court Services at 770-385-2193 or 770-385-2173. Visit our website for more information on Municipal Court.

Q - Do you notarize documents for the public?
A - The police department does not notarize documents for the public. You might try the Yellow Pages or the local phone book for Notaries Public.

Q - What are the steps in obtaining a firearm permit?
A - To obtain a license, a person must go to the probate court in the county in which they live in. (The process may be different for each probate office from county to county, check with the probate court for the exact directions that need to be followed in order to apply for a firearms license. The License Process by County page has the phone number for each county's probate court and may have the process itself as submitted by other GFL holders.) The probate court clerk will process and fill out the application and give you 2 fingerprint cards. The cost for this is usually $15. You will then go to your local sheriff's office and take with you your completed application, depending on the county you may have to take 2 ink-type fingerprints cards and a money order for the amount of $26 made payable to the G.B.I. or if your county uses digital prints you will just need $19.25. You will be fingerprinted while at the sheriff's office and they may charge a $5 fee for fingerprinting. The sheriff's office will then collect your application, money order, and send them to the G.B.I. for processing. It usually takes between 5-50 days (depending on if ink or digital prints were used) for the G.B.I. and F.B.I. to process the application before sending it back to the probate court judge who will then issue the license if no disqualifying information is found during the background check. Your Georgia Firearms License exempts the holder from a NICS background check when you go to buy a firearm. Some sheriff's offices and city police departments may offer a free public handgun course. It is recommend you take it as the deputies/officers who teach the class will go over gun safety, proper loading, unloading techniques, proper carrying and drawing techniques, explanation of the firearm laws and use of deadly force laws, and range time to practice with your carry weapon.

Your license will be valid for 5 years and it MUST be in your possession at ALL TIMES when you are carrying a firearm. There is no requirement in the Georgia law to volunteer that you are armed when approached by a LEO, but if you are asked DON'T LIE! 99% of LEO's have a lot of appreciation for those who are honest and even more so for those that are forthcoming.

Employment exception: Persons employed in certain jobs such as peace officer, keepers of a correctional facility, persons in the military service of the state or of the United States, and others may be exempted from the law above.

For more information visit: www.georgiapacking.org/law.php