Cerelyn Davis

Deputy Chief | Strategy and Special Projects

Cerelyn “CJ” Davis is a 28-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. She began her law enforcement career in 1986 as a patrol officer in the Zone 6 Precinct. Early in her career, Davis was recognized as APD's Supervisor of the Year in 1998. She was later promoted to Detective in 1990 and then to Sergeant in 1993. In these assignments she acquired vast knowledge in Crimes Against Children, Background Investigations, Recruitment and Labor Relations. After her promotion to Lieutenant, Davis served as the Personnel Commander, Public Affairs Manager and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police.

In August 2002, then Lieutenant Davis, was appointed as the Commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s Homeland Security Unit. There, she successfully monitored the acquisition and allocation of over 2 million dollars in grant funding for equipment and training Department wide. Additional responsibilities included, overseeing the Intelligence & Organized Crime Unit, Gun & Gang Unit, Cyber Crimes Unit, Tactical Equipment Unit, and all Satellite Investigators assigned to the DEA, FBI, ATF & the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

As the Department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Davis strategized to better prepare the Atlanta Police Department to effectively respond to threats disasters. In this position, Davis successfully partnered with agencies such as the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Department of Homeland Security, the Anti-Defamation League, local Consulates and the State of Georgia (GEMA & GISAC).

In 2006, Davis was assigned as the Commander of the Special Enforcement Section which included, Homeland Security, Narcotics, Vice, Licenses and Permits, HIDTA, Project Safe Neighborhood, Weed and Seed, Human Trafficking, and the now disbanded Red Dog Unit. As the Commander of the Special Enforcement Section, Davis provided investigative expertise in target-specific crime fighting strategies.

In 2008, Davis was promoted to Major. Davis served as the Commander of the Office of Professional Standards, Assistant Commander at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Precinct, Project Manager for the APD’s Community Oriented Policing Section and Project Manager in the Office of the Mayor.

In January 2012, Major Davis was assigned as project manager for the re-organization and transition of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Code Compliance to the new Code Enforcement Section. Responsibility for the Code Enforcement Section was also transferred to the Atlanta Police Department. In this capacity, Davis coordinated Code Enforcement resources to address residential and commercial code violations, while collaborating with APD personnel in crime fighting efforts. Under her leadership, Code Enforcement elimitated more than 4,500 backlogged cases in the first month under APD control.

In January 2014, Davis was appointed Deputy Chief of the Strategy and Special Projects Division. In this role, Deputy Chief Davis manages several units including Staff Inspections, Project Management, Public Affairs, the Atlanta Retired Police Reserve, Comminity Liaison, Planning and Research Accreditation, Crime Analysis and Video Integration.

Deputy Chief Davis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters degree in Public Administration, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Business School of Northcentral University, specializing in Homeland Security studies.

Deputy Chief Davis has completed several leadership trainings including Leadership Atlanta, National FBI Academy Graduate, Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute, Emergency Preparedness College, Anti Defamation League and Advanced Leadership School. Davis is also a State of Georgia POST Certified Senior Instructor.

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