Office of the Chief
Message from Chief Helen DunkinI want to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor, the City Administrator and City Council for entrusting me with the leadership of the Roswell Police Department during this period of transition. I look forward to working with the incredible professionals that make up the Department to make this transition as seamless as possible and at the same time to continue to move the Department forward in terms of service to the community.
I will challenge each and every member of the Department including myself to interact with the community with integrity and compassion, and to conduct Department operations with transparency. As an organization, we will strive to be open and accessible and to diligently work with community members and organizations to ensure their safety and security.
As your Chief, I will promise you that I will set high expectations for all members of the organization and hold everyone accountable for performing their assigned duties with excellence.
I am committed to assessing and evaluating crime and security issues within the City of Roswell and to effectively apply Department resources to address those issues.
I recognize that the success of the crime fighting effort is the successful joining together of the community and their police force to address these pressing issues. So that said, I invite everyone in the Roswell Community to get to know your police department and its police officers and join us in our effort to make the City of Roswell Georgia, a safer, more secure and welcoming place to live, work and play.
Uniform Patrol Division
Uniform PatrolUniform Patrol is the backbone of the Police Department and the most visible in the community. Uniform Patrol officers work a 12-hour shift schedule working from either 6 AM - 6 PM or 6 PM - 6 AM. Uniform Patrol officers utilize a variety of skills, training, tools, and techniques to address criminal activity, quality of life concerns, traffic problems, and emergencies. A patrol officer's day-to-day tasks may include writing reports, conducting traffic investigations, issuing citations, making arrests, calming unrest, conducting preliminary criminal investigations, and interacting with the community. Uniform Patrol officers also engage in proactive patrols in between calls for service. Proactive patrols may include traffic stops, suspicious activity checks, directed patrols based on intelligence or statistical data, and preventative premise checks. Officers are usually assigned to specific areas of the city. These areas are called Zones. This helps maintain proper geographical response coverage across the city. The Uniform Patrol division is comprised of several smaller subsections.
Traffic Enforcement UnitThe Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU)'s goal is to reduce the number of traffic accidents/fatalities and to gain voluntary compliance to Georgia's traffic laws by continually making traffic stops in high complaint areas and high accident locations. 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. TEU is comprised of motorcycle officers, the DUI task force, and Hit & Run accidents investigations. 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.
TEU coordinates and primarily staffs all traffic and security positions for special events, both City Sponsored and Non-City Sponsored. TEU is also responsible for working school crossing positions when a crossing guard is unavailable. Our Crossing Guards work 22 positions at 8 different schools throughout Roswell.
K-9 UnitThe K-9 Unit consists of four teams, one K-9 and one handler per team. The teams support all divisions of the Department. They perform a variety of tasks to include drug and article detection, suspect apprehension, and special event appearances. Vehicles for the K-9 team are equipped with a special cage for the K-9, a heat sensor system to regulate the temperature of the K-9 while inside the vehicle, and the hot and pop system that allows the handler to release the K-9 when needed. The K-9 is considered to be a police officer and even has its own first aid kit if needed.
Communications Division (911 Center)
Criminal Investigations Division
Persons Crimes SectionThe 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 SectionThe 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 UnitRoswell 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.
Criminal Intelligence AnalystA Criminal Intelligence 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 Criminal Intelligence Analyst uses numerous software applications to detect and present these findings.
Special Investigations Division
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 UnitThe 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
Property & EvidenceThe 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 www.PropertyRoom.com, an online police auctions center.
RecordsThe 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.
PermitsPermits 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.
Community Relations UnitThe 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 Community Relations Unit also has a Crime Free Housing Office 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.
Quick, late-breaking information is regularly broadcasted through NIXLE, Twitter (@RoswellGAPolice) and Facebook (RoswellGAPolice).
Office of Professional Standards
TrainingThe 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.