Deputy Chief | Field Operations Division
Deputy Chief Joseph P. Spillane has over 26 years of service with the Atlanta Police Department, having served in five of the six police precincts and in a variety of specialized assignments. He currently commands the Department's largest division, the Field Operations Division, which includes all six police precincts.
Deputy Chief Spillane began his career in April of 1988 after serving four years with the United States Air Force. He graduated from the Atlanta Police Academy in October of 1988 as the valedictorian of class # 130 and served as a patrolman in Zone Six and Zone Two. While in Zone Two, Deputy Chief Spillane was awarded the Departments second highest award, the Meritorious Service Medal for removing residents from a burning apartment building.
In 1992, he was appointed the rank of Detective and worked in the Financial Investigations Unit and on loan to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Asset Forfeiture Unit as well as in the Computer Services Unit.
He was promoted to Sergeant in February of 1996 and assigned to Zone Five. Deputy Chief Spillane was assigned to the Joint Command Center during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, serving in the Computer Services Unit as the Computer Systems Network Engineer.
He successfully tested and was promoted to Lieutenant in September of 1998 and assigned to Zone One where he served as the Evening Watch Commander. On December 16, 1999 he was appointed to the rank of Major and assigned as the Zone 2 Commander where he served for 6 ½ years, building trust and partnerships with the Zone 2 Community, earning the prestigious Bullish on Buckhead award in 2003 from the Buckhead Business Association.
After his service in Zone Two, he was assigned to the Atlanta Police Academy, where he earned his General and Senior Instructor Ratings as well as certification as a Defensive Tactics Instructor and Taser Instructor by the Georgia Peace Officer Training and Standards Council (P.O.S.T.). After serving at the Academy he was appointed the position of Assistant Zone Commander and assigned to Zone 5. While in Zone 5, Deputy Chief Spillane was awarded his second Meritorious Service Medal for lifesaving for removing a critically wounded man from a basement after a shootout with police in order to provide medical treatment. He was appointed to the rank of Captain on July 22, 2010 and assigned as the Assistant Zone Commander in Zone 4.
After serving in Zone 4 he was reassigned the rank of Major and placed in charge of the Information Services Section. Promoted to Deputy Chief in October 2013, Deputy Chief Spillane commanded the Strategy and Special Projects Division until his assignment as the Field Operations Division Commander.
Deputy Chief Spillane holds a Managerial Certificate from P.O.S.T. and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, graduating summa cum laude from Saint Leo University. He also holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Critical Incident Management.