Frequently Asked Questions
Questions And Answers
If the report is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.
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 SE, and our office is open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.
You can obtain an accident report by visiting www.buycrash.com, by visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street SE Covington, Georgia 30014, or by 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 SE 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.
You can obtain an accident report by visiting www.buycrash.com, by visiting our police department at 1143 Oak Street Covington, Georgia 30014, or by 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).
The Covington Police Department does not offer this service to the public. Please contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office
Property that was taken by the Covington Police Department can only be released by appointment. Call 770-385-2192 to schedule an appointment.
Yes. Our Community Outreach Division schedules/conducts tours. Please call Captain Mike Bruno @ 770-385-2190 to schedule a date and time.
Yes. If you would like to do a ride-a-long with a patrol officer contact Captain Wendell Wagstaff or call 770-385-2147. 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).
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 “Extra Patrol Request” 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 SE, Georgia 30014 and fill out a request form.
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. Click here for more information on Municipal Court.
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 recommended 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