Deputy Chief Todd Coyt

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Strategy and Special Project Division

Todd Coyt is currently the Commander of Zone 1. He was promoted to the rank of Major in August of 2015 and put in charge of School Detectives Section for the Atlanta Public Schools. Highlights of his twenty-three year career with the Atlanta Police Department include being selected to participate in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Police Executive Fellowship Program, receiving an FBI commendation, and a Supervisor of the Year award. Major Coyt’s assignments have included Crime Suppression, Fugitive, Homeland Security, Intelligence, the Training Academy, and the School Detective units.

From 2014-15 Major Coyt served as a Fellow with the FBI, assigned to the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team in Washington, DC. He provided a local perspective to national and international law enforcement issues, improved information and intelligence sharing within the law enforcement community, and advised local law enforcement leaders across the country.

He was promoted to Captain in 2013 and assigned as the Night Commander, responsible for managing field operations, providing command level supervision at all major city events, and conducting all media interviews at major crime scenes. In 2014, he was assigned as Assistant Zone Commander of Zone Three, supervising uniformed, investigative and administrative personnel. He provided command level supervision in emergency situations such as major crime scenes, civil disturbances and natural disasters.

As a Lieutenant assigned to the Homeland Security/Intelligence Unit, he was the Unit Commander and supervised investigators assigned to the Homeland Security, Intelligence, Electronic Surveillance, and Cyber Crimes Units, and Joint Terrorism Task Force, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Prior to that assignment he was a Crime Suppression Unit Commander in Zone One.

While a Sergeant, he was assigned to the Zone Three Field Operations Division, School Detective Unit, and the Atlanta Police Training Academy. At the Training Academy he was responsible for developing and instructing specialized training and yearly training (in-service) curriculum for the Department. He also assisted with the development and implementation of the Active shooter Response Team curriculum, and was one of the primary instructors.
Major Coyt is a P.O.S.T. certified instructor and a Defensive Tactics Instructor and often teaches both police recruits and senior officers. He received a Masters of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University in 2015 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Ohio University. He is still an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.