Downtown Safety

The issue of safety in downtown Augusta has arisen several times over the past decade, particularly for events such as First Friday that draw large crowds to the Central Business District.

In 2002, several fights erupted after First Friday, and at least 12 people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

In 2006, a committee of local leaders and business owners met to address the issue of crowds continuing to loiter until the early morning hours after First Friday festivities were long over.

On July 7, 2012, six people were shot about 11:30 p.m. at the corner of Ninth and Broad streets, sparking further debate about improving downtown safety and First Friday planning.

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SMART making a presence downtown

It's been a successful first month for a highly visible team of officers in downtown Augusta. The new SMART Unit made up of community safety officers and sheriff's deputies officially hit the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Saturday, July 12, 2014

2013 Riverwalk attack shook city

Safety downtown was brought to the forefront one year ago today when a couple on their first date were brutally attacked on Riverwalk Augusta.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, May 2, 2014

Familiar scam suspect in custody

Police were searching this morning for a known trickster with a history of arrests who is suspected of snatching money from a woman's vehicle on Broad Street Wednesday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Woman robbed on Broad Street

Police are searching for a suspect after an Augusta woman was robbed Wednesday morning on Broad Street.
By Doug Stutsman | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Top story: Downtown aims to rebound

Concerns about safety after a brutal May 3 assault and a proposal to designate downtown a "slum" highlighted a topsy-turvy year.
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Augusta man accused of stabbing bar employee

An Augusta man was arrested after an employee was stabbed during a fight at The Playground on Broad Street.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013

Sheriff's office gets Segways for downtown patrols

The Segways, a gift from the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative, will allow deputies to move a little quicker, stand a little taller and go places a patrol car can't go, said sheriff's Capt. Steve ...
By Susan McCord | Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Sheriff's office will get CADI's Segways

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office will soon ride on gyroscopic Segways, compliments of the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Accosting bar security with knife costly to Martinez man

A Martinez man has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for knife assault.
By Sandy Hodson | Monday, Sept. 16, 2013

Georgia, South Carolina mirror Florida's 'stand your ground' law

Legal experts say people should know the facts about "stand your ground" legislation before they are faced with a threatening situation.
By Meg Mirshak | Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013

2 plead not guilty in Riverwalk attack

The men accused of attacking a couple on Riverwalk Augusta in May entered not guilty pleas Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.
Friday, Aug 23, 2013

Marriott chief opposes sheriff's downtown plan

Darryl Leech, the general manager of Augusta's 22-year-old riverfront hotel and conference center, says his company already does enough, and pays enough, and opposes the Continually Patrolled ...
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013

Gun buyback effort collects 40 weapons

Forty guns were collected during the event and will be taken to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for safekeeping.
By Travis Highfield | Saturday, Aug 3, 2013

Downtown ranks third in violent crime reports

An analysis of incident reports over a two-year-period showed that within the Central Business District, incidents of violent crime ranked third-highest among the sheriff's 48 response areas.
By Susan McCord and Sandy Hodson | Saturday, Aug 3, 2013

Reserve deputies make First Friday debut

Six of the 10 Richmond County Sheriff's Office reserve deputies were walking in their First Friday debut after being sworn in May 30.
By Travis Highfield | Friday, Aug 2, 2013

Reserve deputies to work during First Friday

Six of the 10 deputies, who are certified and volunteer their time to the sheriff's office for free, will be fully uniformed, assisting full-time deputies in walking beats downtown for the night.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, Aug 1, 2013

Tax district could include cleanup service

Sheriff Richard Roundtree's recent proposal, to tax certain downtown property owners an additional 6 mills to fund added law enforcement, would generate enough extra revenue by its second year to ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sheriff's crime district to follow old CADI boundaries

Only property owners who paid for the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative will be asked to approve and pay for Sheriff Richard Roundtree's Continually Patrolled District.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Downtown property owners to weigh in on tax levy

Property owners in the 500, 600 and 700 blocks of Broad, Greene and Reynolds streets get to weigh in on the prospect of paying higher taxes to fund six additional law enforcement personnel downtown.
By Susan McCord | Friday, July 19, 2013

Commission OKs downtown safety plan

Augusta Commission members approved Sheriff Richard Roundtree's plan to implement additional security downtown using security cameras and a new tax, if business owners agree.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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