With Your Help, the Henry County Police DepartmentWants to Recreate the Past
The current Henry County Police Department was formed in 1991 as a response toexplosive population growth that only recently abated with the economic downshift of the past few years. Although growth has slowed, interest in the origins of policing inthe county have increased to such a level that the police department has decided toset out on a journey of self-discovery. With the help of citizens, the Henry County Police Department wantsto recreate the past.Not to be confused with the Henry County Sheriff, who has done an excellent job of researching anddocumenting the history of that elected office in Henry County (
), the Henry County PoliceDepartment is looking for help in preparing a timeline of its history prior to 1991. Early badges and patchesfrom retired officers and families have surfaced that hint at an existence in the 1960s and prior to mid-century. Artifacts and anecdotal evidence suggest that the county police department may have existed insome embodiment as early as the 1940s or before. However, information is sparse and research throughthe county
s own documents is limited to 1991 and later.The Henry County Police Department is requesting the assistance of local residents, many of whom havelived here for a lifetime, who have personal ties to, or relics from, a bygone era that could find a showcasein this endeavor. Photographs, agency public information releases, print newspaper articles, names, datesand photos of the chiefs of Police, badges, patches, uniforms, training certificates, commendations and thelike, earned by early department members are all being sought by the Department. The goal is toformulate a timeline of official police enforcement in Henry County, outside of the Sheriff and municipalagencies.In addition to tangible records, the Department seeks personal or civic stories prior to 1991 involving anycommand staff, patrolmen, detectives, and other personnel, precincts, incidents, cases, trials, promotions,liaisons, meetings, and contracts, and any activities of the many who served our county by wearing theuniform of the Henry County Police Department under that name, or any other. Coupled with the artifactsof the era(s), these oral histories can help illustrate a compelling cross-section of the historical and socialfabric of Henry County through the guise of the Henry County Police Department.If you are able to assist the Department in this project and/or would like more information, please contacteither Major Mark Amerman at
or (770) 288-8277 or Researcher KimberlyMonast at
or (770) 288-8133. Please DO NOT send unsolicited tangiblematerials without contacting us so that we may protect and be accountable stewards of your property.