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HPD Crime Roundup
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James Pritchard

HPD, LSCO and GBI make arrest in attempted child molestation case

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, the Hinesville Police Department (HPD) arrested James Pritchard (43) of Midway after he made contact with a 14 ye

ar old Hinesville girl for indecent purposes. Investigators and officers with HPD, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LSCO) and Agent John Barry of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force were able to intercept contact between the suspect and child. The suspect, who was attempting to meet with the child, was met instead with law enforcement at a predetermined location. He was arrested without incident and is currently being held at the Liberty County Regional Jail pending a $20,000 bond. Charges include Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes and Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Molestation. This case is still under investigation and additional charges are pending. If you have any additional information related to this case, please contact the Hinesville Police Department at 912.368.8211. For more information, please contact Whitney MorrisReed, Public Relations Manager, at or 912.408.3569.

Brandon Montrell Jones
HPD arrests 1 after investigation into September crash

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the Hinesville Police Department (HPD) Traffic Investigation Unit responded to a 2-vehicle crash on Airport Road at the intersection of Pineridge Way. The crash resulted in serious injuries to the driver of a 2018 Nissan Titan, 24 year old Whitney White of Hinesville; and the driver of a 2017 Dodge Challenger, Brandon Montrell Jones of Hinesville, who is assigned to the Ft. Stewart 92nd Engineer Battalion. The investigation has been completed into the cause of the crash. Brandon Montrell Jones was arrested on warrants on Monday, Jan. 6, and was booked into the Liberty County Jail. Jones is charged with Serious Injury by a Motor Vehicle (felony), Reckless Driving, Speeding (106 in a 45 mph zone) and other numerous traffic violations. He will appear in court on the charges once a court date is set. For more information, please contact Whitney Morris-Reed, Public Relations Manager, at or 912.408.3569.

Hinesville Police Academy now accepting applications for Spring 2020 Citizens’ Academy

The Hinesville Police Department is now accepting applications for the Citizens’ Academy, a 10-week program offering a unique vantage point into the inner workings of the Hinesville Police Department for the city’s residents. The academy features two (2) different learning environments, with classroom experiences taught by Hinesville police officers and a variety of out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. Academy participants will gain firsthand knowledge about the department and a better understanding of the daily experiences of staff by visiting the Communications Center (911 Center) and participating in a 4-hour ride-along with an HPD officer! Some of the many topics covered in the 2020 Citizens’ Academy are: 

• Criminal Law and Investigations 

• Drug Investigations and Courtroom Demeanor 

• Traffic Laws and Accident Investigation 

• Gang Awareness 

Classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning February 18 and ending April 24. Sessions will be from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Hinesville Police Department and Law Enforcement Center (located at 123 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). Attendance is not mandatory for all classes, but participants must attend eight (8) out of ten (10) classes to graduate from the program. The Citizens’ Academy is FREE to all participants, but registration is limited. To register for the program, or for more information, please contact S/Cpl. Kevin Remillard at 912.271.1221 or

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