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Office of Professional Standards

The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) reports directly to the Chief of Police and is responsible for Internal Affairs, Research and Planning, Accreditation and Selection. The mission of this office is to ensure the integrity of the Department and its personnel through impartial investigation and developmental management support. The Roswell Police Department has been nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1995. Click here for employment opportunities.


Uniform Patrol Division

Patrol

Uniform Patrol is the backbone of the Police Department and the most visible in the community. Uniform Patrol works a 12-hour shift schedule working from either 6am-6pm or 6pm-6am. Each shift has a unique set of challenges and officers utilize a variety of patrol techniques to address a particular problem or situation. This includes K9 patrols, foot patrols and bicycle patrols.

Traffic Enforcement Unit

The Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) is responsible for the enforcement of the State’s traffic codes. TEU focuses much of its activity based on statistical data and citizen requests. Two officers are assigned to a DUI Task Force that works during times that DUI drivers are most likely to be on the road and one officer is assigned to investigate Hit & Run accidents. The rest of the unit focuses on highly visible enforcement of traffic laws in the City such as speed limits in school zones, problem areas in neighborhoods and rush hour traffic in the morning and evening. Members of TEU are also highly-trained in the technical aspects of accident investigation and reconstruction.


Criminal Investigations Division

Persons Crimes Section

The Persons Crimes Section within CID is responsible for investigating deaths, robberies, rapes, aggravated assaults and crimes against children, missing persons, juvenile runaways, and general crimes of violence. A specially trained juvenile crimes investigator is also assigned to this section.

Property Crimes Section

The Property Crimes Section is responsible for investigating crimes such as burglary, auto theft, fraud, general thefts, and computer crimes. This includes investigators that are assigned specifically to "White Collar Crimes" which encompasses internet related fraud, money laundering, mortgage fraud and crimes involving computers.

Crime Scene Processing Unit

Roswell Police Crime Scene Investigators respond to critical incidents where the collection of evidence requires special tools or training. A variety of traditional and modern tools are used both on the scene and in our own lab to assist Detectives and prosecutors.


Special Investigations Section

The Crime Suppression Unit (CSU)

CSU is an investigative support unit responsible for identifying and addressing specific crime problems and trends within the City. Flexibility is the key to this specialized unit. By using overt and covert means, CSU is able to focus resources on specific types of criminals and areas by being proactive and creative. This versatile street-level unit has the ability to address gang activity one day and drug enforcement the next. They can execute a burglary suppression operation then switch to enforcement of City codes and permits.

Narcotics Unit

The Narcotics Unit specializes in detecting, investigating, and prosecuting those persons who violate the laws in reference to illegal narcotics in the City of Roswell. This includes production, manufacturing, distribution, sale, and chronic use. Investigations can come from a variety of sources, including citizen complaints and anonymous tips, as well as cases referred to the unit by other officers or agencies.

Support Services Division

Training

The Training Unit is responsible for ensuring all personnel receive the most up-to-date information and training relating to all aspects of the job. The Police Department’s Training Officer and staff organizes and coordinates the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program and other advanced training classes. Many of these classes are presented at the Roswell-Alpharetta Public Safety Training Center (RAPSTC). One priority of the Training Unit is the goal of having 100% of Roswell Police Officers Crisis Intervention Team CIT certified. CIT helps Police Officers better handle situations involving people with mental health issues. More information on the CIT program can be found at www.namiga.org/programs/for-law-enforcement.

Communications

The Communications Center provides dispatch and E911 services for the cities of Roswell and Mountain Park, to include police and fire/rescue services. The dispatchers are responsible for ten E911 phone lines and over forty emergency and non-emergency phone lines. Dispatchers are Emergency Medical Dispatch, CPR, GCIC and POST certified. In 2012, Roswell Dispatch handled 89,680 total calls for service.

Community Relations Unit

The Community Relations Unit provides educational classes, Neighborhood Watch training programs, events such as National Night Out and opportunities for citizens to get involved such as Citizens' Police Academy. Members of this unit can often be seen in schools, businesses and at community events speaking with citizens of all ages.

Media relations, including social media, is also a responsibility of the Community Relations Unit. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provides regular and up-to-date information on all aspects of the activities of the Police Department to all media. Quick, late-breaking information is regularly broadcasted through NIXLE, Twitter (@RoswellGAPolice) and Facebook (RoswellGAPolice).

The Community Relations Unit also has a Crime Free Housing specialist that works as a direct liaison between apartment complex management companies and the Police Department.

The Community Relations Unit also actively sponsors and oversees the Police Explorers Program and is actively seeking new members to participate.

Property & Evidence

The evidence technician is responsible for receiving, storing, and handling all evidence and property as well as ensuring that paperwork for all items are correctly submitted and logged into the police database by case number and storage location. The evidence technician transports evidence to the GBI crime lab for processing and testifies in court to the chain of custody of evidence. Upon adjudication, items could be returned to the rightful owner, destroyed, or auctioned. Roswell Police Department uses PropertyRoom.com, an online police auctions center. For more information on releasing property, click here.

Crime Analysis

A Crime Analyst is responsible for analyzing data to identify patterns, trends and linkages in criminal activity. This facilitates smarter directed patrols and improves overall efficiency in apprehending criminals and curbing specific problems. The Crime Analyst also provides statistical and Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) for the Department and the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC). Statistical information can be viewed at crimereports.com.

Records

The Records Section receives, maintains and distributes records of police activity within the department. This section responds to all open records requests including accident and incident reports and any request for documentation relating to Police activity. If you need a copy of an accident or incident report, click here.

Permits

Permits provides enforcement of select business licensing ordinances by reviewing applications, collecting fees and issuing permits for liquor pouring and handling, massage therapy, vehicles for hire and public solicitation licenses. They also provide fingerprinting service to the public. For more information on Permits including how to obtain a permit, click here.


Part-Time Units

North Fulton SWAT

The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) work together as a part-time unit and represents personnel from all divisions. The SWAT Team responds to high risk calls needing special skills and equipment and is also called upon to serve certain high risk warrants. CNT responds with SWAT to calls such as barricaded subjects, hostage situations and incidents involving mentally unstable persons. Roswell SWAT and CNT merged with the Alpharetta-Milton team to form North Fulton SWAT, a combined agency team that will be able to more effectively and efficiently respond anywhere in the North Fulton area.

Honor Guard

The Honor Guard is made up of members from various divisions. The unit began in 1996 and participates in numerous special events for the community. The unit is best recognized for their honored contribution to the Roswell Memorial Day Observance at the Roswell Vietnam Faces of War Memorial. The members of this unit schedule regular practice meetings in order to hone their skills and present a professional and uniform appearance.

Reserve Officers

Reserve Officers are part-time officers who supplement Uniform Patrol and have the same training and authority as full-time officers. They work on a unique schedule that allows them to fill in gaps in scheduling and help when there are special events or critical incidents.