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Valdosta, Georgia Information:

Valdosta is a city in, and the county seat of, Lowndes County which is located in Southern Georgia, on the Georgia’Florida border. It is the main city in the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area and the 14th largest city in the state of Georgia. In 2010, the census recorded the population in Valdosta at 54,518 residents. It was estimated in 2016 that the population had grown to 56,474 people.

In 2017, Valdosta ranked #226 out of 449 of the “Best Places to Live in Georgia.” As of January 2018, there were 297 registered sex offenders who live in Valdosta, Georgia, making the ratio of of residents to the number of registered sex offenders 194 to 1.

In 2016, the crime index in Valdosta was 382.8 which is higher than the national average of 286.7. There were 3,262 total crimes committed, a ratio of 5,838 for every 100,000 residents. This rate is far higher than the state average (3,402 per 100,000 people,) or the average in America which is 2,837 for every 100,000 people. Property crimes are usually more common than violent crimes, and this is true in Valdosta. In fact, the rate of violent crimes per 100,000 people was 367 in Valdosta, lower than the Georgia average of 398 per 100,000 residents or the average in America of 386 for every 100,000 people. Property crimes are where Valdosta is far ahead of both the state and national averages. Valdosta had 5,471 property crimes for every 100,000 people, while the state average was 3,005 per 100,000 and the national average was 2,451 for every 100,000 residents.

Facts about crime in Valdosta:

Valdosta is safer than 14% cities in America;
In Valdosta your chances of becoming a victim of any crime are 1 in 18;
The crime rate in Valdosta is 106% higher than the average in America; and
The number of total year over year crimes has increased by 22% in Valdosta, Georgia.

The Mayor of Valdosta, Georgia is John Gayle who has lived in the city since 1951. He is serving his second term as Mayor of Valdosta, Georgia which ends in December 2019. Mayor Gayle works at the Valdosta City Hall and can be reached at 229-259-3500 or at

The address of City Hall is:
Valdosta City Hall
216 East Central Avenue
Valdosta, GA 31601

Valdosta, Georgia Police Address:

Valdosta Police Department
500 North Toombs Street
Valdosta, GA 31601

Other Information for the Valdosta, Georgia Police Department:

Leslie Manahan is the Chief of Police in Valdosta, Georgia

There were 116 officers in the Valdosta Police Department, 49 of whom are PoliceOne Members.

Valdosta Police – PoliceOne

In 2016, there were 157 full-time law enforcement employees in Valdosta, Georgia, 135 of whom were police officers. This is a number that is lower than the average ratio of residents to police officers in the state of Georgia. Valdosta had 2.42 officers for every 1,000 residents while the Georgia average was 2.50.

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Open Records Request in Valdosta, Georgia:

For open records in Valdosta, Georgia, you can go to this website:

Valdosta City Records Request

The forms needed for records requests can be found here:

Valdosta City Records Request Form

Record requests can be submitted to the City Clerk, Teresa S. Bolden.

Teresa S. Bolden
City Clerk

For open records in Lowndes County, Georgia you should contact the County Clerk at 229-671-2400 or you can email:

For more information on getting records from Lowndes County, go to this website:

Lowndes County Clerk

County Sheriff, Warrant, Most Wanted Information in Valdosta, Georgia:

Sheriff Ashley Paulk is the Sheriff of Lowndes County. He can be reached at 229-671-2900 and his office is located at:
120 Prison-Farm Road
Valdosta, GA 31601

Here is a link to see the current inmates at the Lowndes County Detention Center:

Lowndes County Inmates

The physical address of the Lowndes County Detention Center is:
120 Prison Farm Road
Valdosta, GA 31601

If you believe you may have a warrant or need to pay a fine, you can call 229-671-2905.

For other questions regarding the Sheriff’s Office, warrants, or the Detention Center, you should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 229-671-2900.

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