On the afternoon of November 16, 2023, Oconee County Sheriffs deputies pulled over a man driving a pick-up truck. However, after initially pulling over, the man sped away. The driver led officers on a pursuit when, about four miles down, shots were fired.
Corporal Lucas Watts was hit by gunfire and seriously injured. He has undergone multiple surgeries. At this time, he is in stable but critical condition.
Cpl Watts is a six-year law enforcement veteran. He and his wife, Haley, welcomed their first child in September 2023.
This fundraiser is intended to support Corporal Watts and his family moving forward in his recovery. 100% of the funds raised will be given to Corporal Watts. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
Mike Crenshaw, Sheriff
MESSAGE FROM THE SHERIFF
Welcome to the official website of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office! Sheriff Mike Crenshaw leads the men and women that serve to protect the citizens who choose to make this community their home as well as the many visitors that frequent our beautiful county. Oconee County is home to approximately 80,000 residents. We patrol 674 square miles which includes 47 square miles of water. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for law enforcement services in the unincorporated areas of our county as well as the operation and safety of the Oconee County Detention Center, the 911 Emergency Operations Center, and the Oconee County Animal Shelter.
Gold Star Values
We will be courteous, just, and impartial in all of our interactions. We respect law and order and the individual. We will apply our knowledge and experience for the best advantage of all concerned. We will treat everyone with dignity and our decisions shall be made without personal favor.
We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We commit to creating authentic relationships and aspire to recognize, understand and value all aspects of diversity in our county.
We value each other, all citizens as well as different points of view regardless of race, gender, appearance, individual beliefs or lifestyles.
We do the right thing even in the most challenging situations. We hold ourselves and coworkers accountable to be honest, trustworthy, responsible, and ethical. Integrity is our moral compass against corruption.
We are courageous not just physically in the face of danger but also morally in our ability to make the right choice even when the decision is unpopular or others cannot or will not act.
We serve with honor and integrity through our actions, conduct, and job performance even at
personal cost. We constantly strive toward ever-rising standards. We come to work each day with a positive attitude.