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Athens Clarke County Police Department

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Abbreviation  ACCPD
Phone  +1 706-613-3330
Number of stations  5
Unsworn members  65
Formed  January 14, 1991
Stations  5
Sworn members  241
Founded  14 January 1991
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Legal personality  Governmental: Government agency
Operations jurisdiction*  County of Clarke County, Georgia in the state of Georgia (U.S. state), United States
General nature  Law enforcement Local civilian police
Headquarters  3035 Lexington Rd. Athens, Georgia 30605
Address  3035 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605, USA

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The Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. As of July 2015, R. Scott Freeman was sworn as the new Chief of Police. The vacant Chief position was filled on an interim basis by Carter Greene. Prior to his appointment Interim Chief Carter Greene had served as the Assistant Chief of Support Operations, East Precinct Commander, Communications Director and various other positions within the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.


Accreditation and Certification

ACCPD is an internationally accredited police agency, having been the forty-third agency to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Since its initial accreditation, ACCPD has been reaccredited four times and was named a "Gold Standard Agency" in 2013.

In addition to its CALEA accreditation, ACCPD is a State Certified agency by the State of Georgia and the first agency to receive such certification from the state.


The Office of the Chief is responsible for the overall operations of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and serves as a liaison between the department, The Mayor and Commission and the County Manager.

There is an Assistant Chief of Field Operations and an Assistant Chief of Support Operations who each oversee their respective units within the department.

The police department operates East and West Precincts and has established fourteen police zones in the county, each precinct is overseen by a Major.

The West Precinct, headquartered in the Georgia Square Mall on Atlanta Highway, is responsible for zones one through seven.

The East Precinct, housed in Police Leadquarters on Lexington Road, is responsible for zones eight through fourteen.

Working Environment

Officers assigned to the Uniformed Patrol Division work fixed eight-hour shifts: Day Watch (6-2 and 7-3) Evening Watch (2-10 and 3-11) and Morning Watch (10-6 and 11-7)

Each shift is managed by a Watch Commander with the rank of Lieutenant, supervised by three Sergeants and consists of Senior Police Officers and Officers.

Officers are initially assigned to one of the six Uniformed Patrol Shifts after completing all training requirements established by the Career Development and Training Unit. Officers may request a transfer to a specialized unit or an alternate shift assignment at various times throughout their career.

Officers assigned to specialized units may have a condensed work schedule to include 10- or 12-hour shifts.

Specialized Units

The Traffic Unit operates from the Baxter Street Substation.

The Crime Emergency Unit is based at the Police Headquarters on Lexington Road.

The Taxi and Alcohol Licensing Unit operates out of the Fairview Street Substation.

The Downtown Operations Unit is operated out of the Downtown Substation on College Avenue.

The Centralized Criminal Investigations Unit operates out of several locations within the county.

The Communications Unit is housed in the Police Headquarters on Lexington Road.

The department also operates a nationally recognized Strategic Response Team.


Officers with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department are issued all required uniforms and equipment, at no cost to the employee.

Vehicles: ACCPD uses a variety of vehicles for its operations. The primary fleet vehicle for patrol is the Chevrolet Impala. Investigators are issued more fuel efficient unmarked vehicles including Ford Fusion's and Toyota Prius's.


Glock 22 / 23 / 35 Remingon 870 12 Gauge Shotgun Patrol Rifles - Authorized

Handcuffs: Two Pair of Hinged or Chain

Secondary Weapons: OC Spray, ASP Baton, PR-24

Body-Worn Cameras: As of 2014 the ACCPD is phasing in the use of on Taser AXON-Flex officer worn cameras.


The Career Development and Training Unit is responsible for training new officers as well as the continuing education of all sworn employees. New officers attend the State required Basic Mandate and an in-house New Officer's Basic Course where they are instructed on various law enforcement related topics from qualified instructors. They also must successfully complete a minimum of 16 weeks of field training during which their actions are closely monitored by a qualified Police Training Officer. Officers are required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each year. Officers with ACCPD consistently attend well over the minimum required hours with many officers receiving over 100 hours of continuing education training per year.

Line of Duty Deaths

Officers Killed in the Line of Duty:

March 22, 2011 SPO Elmer Basco "Buddy" Christian - Gunfire January 16, 1985 Cpl Thomas Earl Bowles - Assault November 3, 1963 Ofc Donald Moon - Gunfire November 29, 1936 Ofc Herman Karl Stein - Gunfire


Athens-Clarke County Police Department Wikipedia

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