Waycross, Georgia Information

Waycross, Georgia is the county seat of, only incorporated city in, Ware County, Georgia. Ware County is the largest county, geographically, in the state of Georgia. In fact, the locals say that Waycross is “the largest city in the largest county in the largest state, east of the Mississippi. Part of the city of Waycross used to be in Pierce County; however in 1995 a law was introduced in the Georgia legislature which essentially made it illegal for Waycross to be in Pierce County and the town has been in Ware County only ever since. In the 2010 Census, the population of Waycross was recorded at 14,649 but it has since decreased and it was estimated to be around 14,100 in 2016.

The Mayor of Waycross is John Knox who has served his city before as Mayor. He can be reached by phone at 912-287-2900, by email at jknox@waycrossga.com, or at his office:
417 Pendleton Street
Waycross, Georgia 31502

As of December 2017, there were 144 registered sex offenders living in Waycross, Georgia.

The crime index in Waycross is higher than the national average. In Waycross the crime index is 564.8. The national average is 280.5. Overall crime in Waycross is a serious problem. If you compare the crime in Waycross to the crime in the state and the crime nationally, Waycross has 7,629 total crimes per 100,000 residents compared to Georgia’s 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 people. The nation as a whole has 2,837 total crimes per 100,000 residents.

There are 62 full-time law enforcement officers in Waycross, Georgia in the year 2016, including 52 officers. In Waycross, Georgia there are 3.73 officers per 1,000 residents while the state average is 2.50 officers for every 1,000 residents.

Some facts about the crime rate in Waycross, Georgia:

  • Waycross is safer than only 5% of the cities in the U.S.;
  • The overall crime rate in Waycross is 169% higher than the U.S. average; and
  • In the city of Waycross you have a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of any crime.

    Waycross, Georgia Police Station Information

    The Chief of Police in Waycross is Chief Anthony “Tony” Tanner who has been with the Waycross Police Department since he began his career in 1987. Chief Tanner has held every rank within the Waycross Police Department. He became the acting Chief of Police on November 1, 2004 and was named Chief of Police on October 18, 2005.
    Chief Tanner can be reached at 912-287-2927 or 912-287-2921.

    Waycross, Georgia Police Department Address:

    The address for the Waycross Police Department is:
    512 Oak Street
    P.O. Box 176
    Waycross, GA 31501
    912-287-2921

    Open Records Request in Waycross, Georgia

    For open records in Waycross, you can go to this site and fill out the form:

    The form must be delivered to the Clerk of Courts:
    Ware County Clerk of Court
    800 Church Street
    Suite 124
    Waycross, GA 31501

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 776
    Waycross, GA 31502-0776

    The current Clerk of Courts is Melba Fiveash who can be reached at 912-287-4340.

    County Sheriff, Warrant, Most Wanted Information in Waycross, Georgia

    Randy F. Royal is the Sheriff of Ware County. The Sheriff’s Office is at:
    3487 Harris Road
    Waycross, GA 31503
    912-287-4326

    Captain Danny Christmas is the Jail Administrator and can be reached at 912-287-4323.
    The Ware County Jail’s physical address is:
    3487 Harris Road
    Waycross, GA 31503
    912-287-4323

    Visitation is allowed at the Ware County Jail on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Inmates are allowed two 20 minute visitations per week. For more information you can look at the website:

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