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Roswell Police Records
Phone: 770-640-4120

Message from the City Administrator

I am writing to further address the recent reporting about the City of Roswell Police Department. It is clear to me, the Mayor and Council and the Chief of Police that what you are seeing are symptoms of bigger issues; issues that we need to clearly identify and deliberately address as expeditiously as possible.

In order to do that properly, as Chief Grant said in his public statement last week, we will be conducting a full investigation from all angles. To that end, the City has developed a broad scope of investigatory work, and I have authorized the issuance of a national call for proposals from qualified, independent firms to come to Roswell and scrutinize every aspect of our police operations, identify the issues, and make hard recommendations on solutions through a formal final report. Once contracted, I expect the investigation and report to be complete within 3-6 months depending on the intensity of the investigation (December 2018). In the interim, the police department will be conducting an internal investigation in order to make any necessary immediate changes.

I have authorized our city staff to create this webpage where we will post all of our information so the Roswell community and interested parties can view all available documents and videos pertaining to these cases and be kept up to date on the internal investigations as they progress.

As your city administrator, I am stunned by the lack of professionalism and compassion displayed by some of our officers. Chief Grant, the Mayor and Council and I are committed to ensuring that all of our officers understand and embody the qualities of professionalism and compassion as they perform their duties. Those who do not share these values and meet these community standards should be, and will be, removed from service.

Gary Palmer
City Administrator

City of Roswell Police Department Gap Analysis

Center for Public Safety Management

Roswell City Council voted unanimously to hire the Center for Public Safety Management to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Roswell Police Department.

The Center for Public Safety management will:
  • Conduct a data-driven analysis to identify actual workload;
  • Identify and recommend appropriate staffing and deployment levels and review the policies and procedures for every discrete operational and support function in the department;
  • Examine the department’s organizational structure and culture;
  • Perform gap analysis, comparing the “as is” state of the department to the best practices of industry standards including the President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing;
  • Recommend a management framework to ensure accountability, increased efficiency, and improved performance;
  • Conduct interviews and focus groups with members of the agency, sworn and civilian, elected officials and stakeholders in the community;
  • Focus on training and certification processes including the K-9 Unit;
  • Review of internal affairs, specifically reviewing recent and past incidents.

Proposal Process

The City of Roswell accepted sealed proposals to perform a City of Roswell Police Department Gap Analysis from July 26 - August 17, 2018. Generally, the selected firm shall complete a thorough top down gap analysis of the Roswell Police Department through the lens of the Final Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing (May 2015). The analysis should address where we are now as a department, where we need to be, and what needs to happen to get there.

Proposal Timeline

  • July 26, 2018: RFP #18-207-G Advertised Online (available here)
  • August 7, 2018: RFP Addendum #1 Posted Online (available here)
    • Update: RFP response due date and opening date are hereby changed to August 17, 2018
  • August 14, 2018: RFP Addendum #2 Posted Online (available here)
  • September 20, 2018: Notice of Intent to Award Posted Online (available here)
  • September 24, 2018: Awarded to Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) for $77,750

April 7, 2018 Incident: Coin Flip
In April 2018, two Roswell police officers conducted a traffic stop of a woman accused of speeding. The officers utilized a coin toss app in the decision making process to arrest the woman. After an internal investigation, the two officers have been terminated.

Incident Documents


March 10, 2018 Incident: Traffic Stop
In May 2018, an on-duty Roswell police officer conducted a traffic stop of an off-duty Roswell police officer. The video and documents below detail the stop. Audio in portions of the video has been muted due to HIPAA laws. The officers were discussing detailed health issues of the off-duty police officer.

Incident Documents


January 2, 2018 Incident: Golf Cart
In January 2018, Roswell Police officers conducted a traffic stop of a 13-year-old boy driving a golf cart down Highway 9. The incident involves a minor, so his face has been concealed in the video and the audio removed when he or the officers mention his name, mother’s name, birthdate, and home address. All identifying factors of the minor has also been redacted from any written reports.

Incident Documents


August 4, 2016 Incident: K-9
In 2016, a Roswell police officer conducted a traffic stop of an alleged stolen vehicle. Once the officer made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, two of the three fled. The officer commanded the occupants to return to avoid release of the police K-9. One occupant returned and although the officer commanded the K-9 to rest, it went after the occupant despite multiple commands from the human officer. After this incident occurred, the K-9 was given additional training and has not had any incidents with following commands since the additional training.

Incident Documents