Chief of Police Joe Ben Jenkins

Chief of Police Joe Ben Jenkins

Cartersville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 1930

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Joe Ben Jenkins

Chief Joe Jenkins was shot and killed with his own service weapon while struggling with an intoxicated subject.

The suspect was lynched by an angry mob on October 1, 1930, after being taken from the county jail.

Chief Jenkins had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and six children and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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When I attended Douglas Street School in Cartersvile, by the door there was a white marble bench honoring Joe Ben Jenkins. His home was across the street. I don't know the location of the bench. If anyone knows and would email a photo, I would be so grateful. I am 78 and one of my memories of school was sitting on that bench.

Grace Howard (no rank)

November 3, 2018

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