Deputy Chief Scott Kreher began his career 24 years ago as a patrol officer in Zone 3. While a student at Georgia State University, he rode with several officers in Zone 3 and realized law enforcement would be his passion and career choice. After the academy, he chose Zone 3 and worked there during the 1996 Olympics. Later, he became a Field Training Officer.
In 1997, he was transferred to the elite Red Dog Unit to combat street-level drug operations. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Investigator and assigned to the Major Fraud Unit. There his duties included criminal investigations of mortgage and identity fraud.
After working Major Fraud, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2002 where he was assigned as a front-line field supervisor in Zone 5. His duties included supervising patrol officers in the downtown district. It was soon after his promotion that he was assigned to the Robbery Unit as a supervisor and was responsible for assigning both pedestrian and commercial robbery cases to investigators to complete thorough and detailed investigations for prosecution.
From 2003 through 2005, the Atlanta Police Department transitioned from centralized to decentralized criminal investigations. This moved him to both Zone 1 and Zone 5 Criminal Investigation Units to supervise investigators within those specific commands. From 2005 through 2007, he worked as a supervisor in the Fugitive Unit. This unit included investigators assigned to the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force organized by the United States Marshall Service. The unit was responsible for apprehending dangerous felons wanted by the Atlanta Police Department and other jurisdictions identified by the Task Force. In 2007, he went back to Zone 3 as a field supervisor until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009. As a new Lieutenant, he was assigned to Zone 4 field operations and commanded both the Morning and Day watch units.
Deputy Chief Kreher was transferred to the Vice Unit in 2011. He was tasked with writing the Standard Operating Procedures for the unit along with implementing new technology utilized for undercover work. He also formed a Hotel Council for the downtown district to address human trafficking and web-based prostitution challenges.
In 2013, he was promoted to Captain and assigned as the Zone 4 Assistant Zone Commander. During his command, he worked to improve community relationships and reduce crime until promoted to Major in 2015 and assigned as the Zone 5 Commander. As the Zone 5 Commander, his team finished 2016 as the Crime Reduction Award winners for APD and continued reducing crime in 2017 until his promotion to Deputy Chief in August of 2017.
Deputy Chief Kreher holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, The Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Atlanta Police Department’s Leadership Institute Tier 4 program. As a current member of the Atlanta Police Department’s Leadership Institute Tier 5 program, he participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program with Georgia State University and spend time in Israel with the Israeli National Police Force for leadership development.
He is also a certified P.O.S.T. instructor and a part-time instructor in Georgia State University’s Criminal Justice department. His goal every day is to treat everyone with dignity and respect and make the lives of all citizens safe.