Major Adam Lee III is a 29-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. Major Lee has served the citizens of Atlanta in various assignments. His experience includes Patrol, Tactical Street Crime, Investigations, Executive Protection, Internal Affairs, the Training Academy, Night Commander, and Assistant Precinct Commander. Major Lee is currently the Commander of the Major Crimes Section.
After graduating from the Atlanta Police Academy, he was assigned to Zone Three, which is in the Southeast quadrant of the city. He soon transferred to the elite Red Dog Street Crime Fighting Unit, where he gained the admiration of his superiors by consistently making numerous arrests of drug dealers in the city’s most drug-plagued neighborhoods.
He was later promoted to Detective and after just a few months as a Larceny Investigator he was assigned to the Mayor’s Executive Protection Detail-an assignment he proudly held throughout the planning stages and the culmination of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. In late 1996, due to a major corruption scandal, the Atlanta Police Department created the Corruption Unit within the Office of Professional Standards (Internal Affairs). Lee was chosen as one of the first detectives to be a part of the Corruption Unit. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in December of 1999 and remained in the Office of Professional Standards for seven more years. He conducted and supervised several high-profile investigations that resulted in the termination of corrupt police officers.
After a brief stint as a Sergeant in the Zone Five Underground and Midtown Precincts, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in August of 2008 and assigned to Zone Three as the Morning Watch Commander and later the Crime Suppression Unit Commander. In January of 2010 he was assigned as the Assistant Director of the Training Academy, overseeing the department’s annual training certifications for over 1,700 officers as well as the Recruit Training Unit that graduated approximately six classes of 30 officers per year. One of his most significant accomplishments at the Training Academy was ensuring that it received high marks from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, which oversees the professional accreditation of all accredited police agencies across the country. Lee also helped re-establish the Citizen’s Police Academy, which had been on hiatus a few years prior to his arrival to the Academy.
After appointment to the rank of Captain in February 2012, he was assigned as the Night Commander where he served as the overall police Commander and Spokesperson to the media for the Atlanta Police Department during the late evening and early morning hours. Approximately a year later he was assigned as the Assistant Precinct Commander of the Zone Two Precinct.
As a Captain, Lee also served as the Senior Public Safety Officer for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which includes Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome, which hosts major professional sporting events. As Senior Public Safety Officer, Lee managed law enforcement officers for all major events hosted by the three venues, which typically require a force of up to 200 or more officers per event.
As part of his leadership training, Major Lee was chosen by Atlanta Police Chief George Turner as part of a small select group of commanders to attend a two week leadership training session with the Israel Police in Tel-Aviv, Israel in May of 2016. He also attended a one week leadership session with General Electric senior managers at the G.E Leadership Campus in Crotonville, New York. In accordance with his graduate degree, Major Lee also graduated from Weapons of Mass Destruction training in Socorro, New Mexico in 2013 and 2017.
Major Lee graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Critical Incident Management from Saint Leo University. He is also a POST (Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council) certified instructor and a Weapons of Mass Destruction instructor. He continues to cultivate the future of the Atlanta Police Department in teaching an eight hour class on Peace Officer Liability to recruits and newly appointed investigators.Major Lee and his wife Rose have enjoyed a marriage of over 24 years, during which time they have raised two daughters.