Author's Bio:
Jesse Walton Hambrick, Jr.

Jesse Hambrick is presently a Sergeant with the Douglas County (Georgia) Sheriff's Office in charge of Drug and Gang Prevention and he is the acting supervisor for 11 school resource officers as well as the Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit. Additionally, Jesse supervises the Meth Task Force. His position was created around his efforts to assist the community in better understanding illegal narcotics and illegal street gangs, assisting family members in getting addicts as well as youth involved in gang related activities into treatment rather than incarceration, as well as providing constant intelligence to the front line officers on the illegal distribution and manufacturing of illegal narcotics and gang related activity.

His experience includes having been assigned to the Special Investigations Division of the Sheriff's Office for over 5 years as well as another 5 years assigned to the West Georgia Drug Task Force as a narcotics investigator. In this capacity, his primary responsibility was to identify, investigate and prosecute those persons involved in the possession and distribution of illegal narcotics – specifically Methamphetamine. Hambrick is currently a Clandestine Laboratory Certified Technician, a Tactical Entry Specialist for Meth Labs, as well as a certified Clandestine Laboratory Site Safety Supervisor through the DEA. He is trained to respond to and manage hazardous materials scenes resulting from Methamphetamine Clandestine Laboratories.

Hambrick is currently one of the primary officers in Douglas County that documents and investigates gang related activities which include drug sales, vandalism and other violent crimes. In the past ten years he has conducted both large and small scale gang investigations which have given him the opportunity to become well versed in gang related activity locally and throughout the United States. He has attended local gang schools as well as specialized gang schools in the southeast United States.

From these experiences, he developed and now teaches several different courses to local law enforcement, private citizens, volunteer groups and school administrators in the area of drug abuse recognition and identification as well as on understanding Georgia’s gang law. Through these classes, he has worked with over 50,000 community leaders, teachers, law enforcement, and treatment providers to recognize signs of illegal drug use and gang involvement.

Hambrick is also the coordinator of Douglas County’s Methamphetamine Task Force. This group is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agents, public service professionals, public school administrators and private citizens. The task force’s main objective is to combat the Methamphetamine problem in the county through prevention, education, treatment and enforcement. The Douglas County Meth Task Force was the first of its kind in Georgia and now a model for other such groups both state and nationwide.

Hambrick has been involved in narcotics investigations for the past eleven years and has conducted large and small scale, overt and covert Methamphetamine investigations. These circumstances provided him the opportunity to become well versed in Methamphetamine production and distribution throughout the United States, as well as the drug’s effect on the human brain and body. Thorough countless interviews and interactions with users and addicts, Hambrick has conducted and been an integral part of numerous successful interventions. Additionally, he has dismantled Methamphetamine labs of all types. Given this, he is an expert on the drug’s production – even showing other law enforcement officials (in controlled environments) the intricacies of how a lab works. He is considered by many to be one of the country’s leading authorities in the drug’s use and production.

Accomplishments

  • Awards from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, as well as received the 2004 Sheriff’s commendation award, for outstanding accomplishment in the area of narcotics enforcement.


  • Directed and assisted in the production of “Crystal Death.” a 30-minute video about the dangers of Methamphetamine.


  • Directed and produced a 15 minute PSA on Methamphetamine production.


  • Testified in 2005 in both the House of Representatives and State Senate as a key witness for passing state law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine.


  • Educated in excess of 20,000 public and private school teachers and administrators.


  • Developed the meth-in-douglas.com website that has generated tens of thousands of hits since its inception in 2004.


  • Featured in hundreds of news articles and television programs, including a documentary for Georgia Public Broadcasting, A&E “Meth in the City”, Austrian television, Atlanta Business Chronicles, and the Christian Index. These articles and programs have reached millions of people increasing the awareness of the problems surrounding the Meth Epidemic.


  • Conducted Methamphetamine consultations and key note addresses for Georgia Tech University, the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Georgia Children’s’ Advocacy Group, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and the Georgia Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.


  • Assisted in the video introduction of the Governor’s keynote address for the State Methamphetamine Summit in 2004.


  • Created a Methamphetamine awareness brochure with over 30,000 in print.


  • Educated in excess of 50,000 people in the southeast United States on Meth and Meth lab awareness.


  • Received a Resolution passed by the Georgia State Senate honoring the Meth Task Force and their efforts on Meth education.


  • Received the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2005 from the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse recognizing the Douglas County Meth Task Force.


  • Assisted in the production of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Georgia Meth Invasion” which was viewed in over 110,000 homes in Georgia and surrounding communities.


  • Was awarded the 2007 Paul H. Chapman national award from the Institute for the Improvement of Justice recognizing him for efforts concerning the battle against the Meth epidemic.