Shawn L Jones

Assistant Chief

Shawn L JonesShawn L. Jones was appointed to the rank of Police Assistant Chief on January 1, 2015 and has more than 25 years of service with the Atlanta Police Department.

He joined the Department in 1986 and was assigned to Zone Four after graduating from the police academy. In 1993, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Zone Six police precinct as a patrol supervisor. In June 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and worked as the Zone Two Day Watch patrol commander.

As a Lieutenant, he was assigned to the Atlanta Police Academy from November 1997 to June 2002. In this role, he managed recruit training and officer certification and testing for dispatchers. At the Academy, he also managed the implementation of the Department's first Citizen Police Academy, updated physical fitness standards and driver simulation training for Atlanta police recruits.

From 2002 to 2004, he was assigned to the Field Operations Division as the Assistant Zone One Commander. In this role, he co-authored enforcement strategies that led to a 7 percent reduction in Part 1 crimes, one of the largest crime reductions in Northwest Atlanta since 1996.

In March 2004, he was selected to serve as the project manager for the Department's Accreditation Unit. Under his leadership, the Department quickly received certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). He also successfully updated nearly 100 written directives and standard operation procedures.

In February 2006, he was assigned to command the Personnel Services Unit. In this role, he oversaw the successful implementation of automated timekeeping (KRONOS). He also served as the police Department's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission coordinator.

In May 2007, he was appointed to the rank of Police Major and assigned to the Corporate Services Section. In this position, he managed the Atlanta Police Department's Background and Recruitment Unit and hired a record setting 251 police recruits. As a Major, he also participated in the International Association of Chiefs of Police focus group and helped to develop a web campaign that positively promoted policing.

From 2008 to 2010, he commanded the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport police precinct. Under his leadership, Part I crimes at the airport precinct dropped nearly 20 percent in the two-year period. At the airport, he managed 153 employees that included the K-9 Unit, the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, mobile and fixed post officers, police dispatchers and administrative support employees. He also played an active role in the planning and implementation of the airport’s multimillion dollar rental car center and led security planning for the facility.

In January 2010, he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief and assigned to command the Support Services Division. In this position, he helped to boost the department’s staffing levels by hiring more than 700 new police officers. He also helped to launch the Department’s Video Integration Unit, a command center comprised of more than 3,500 private and public sector cameras. He also assisted with redesign of patrol beats to increase 911 emergency response times, helped to form the Community Oriented Policing Section and managed the construction of the Department’s firing range. Additional accomplishments in this position included installing vehicle cameras and tracking devices in Department patrol cars.

From January 2012 to December 2013, he was responsible for managing the Department's Criminal Investigation Division. Under his leadership, major crimes reached historic lows, dropping 18 percent since 2009. In 2013, the homicide unit successfully solved many cases and reached a clearance rate of 85 percent.

Assistant Chief Jones earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Mass Communications from Morris Brown College and a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.

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