Major | Code Enforcement Section
Cerelyn “CJ” Davis is a 25-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department. She began her law enforcement career in 1986 as a patrol officer in the Zone 6 Precinct. She was 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, she 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 new 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 (JTTF).
As the Department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Davis strategized to better prepare Atlanta’s Police force to effectively respond to and mitigate threats related to manmade or natural disaster. To accomplish this, she and her staff collaborated and trained closely with government partners such as the Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security, the Anti-Defamation League, local Consulates, the State of Georgia (GEMA & GISAC) and other federal, state and local partners.
In 2006, Major Davis was assigned as the Commander of the Special Enforcement Section which encompasses, Homeland Security, Narcotics, Vice, Licenses and Permits, HIDTA, Project Safe Neighborhood, Weed and Seed, Human Trafficking, and the Red Dog Unit. The Special Enforcement Section provides a variety of investigative expertise supporting Department personnel in target-specific crime fighting strategies.
Major Davis has also 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 new 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, now housed within the Atlanta Police Department. In this capacity, Davis coordinates Code Enforcement resources to address residential and commercial code violations, while collaborating with APD personnel in crime fighting efforts.
Major C.J. 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.
Davis completed the following leadership trainings: Leadership Atlanta graduate Class of 2012,
National FBI Academy Graduate 6/2006, Mercer University Public Safety Leadership Institute, Emergency Preparedness College, York, England 2005, Anti Defamation League (ADL) Advanced Leadership School 5/200, American Association of Airport Executives / Certified Member 2009.
Davis is a State of Georgia POST Certified Senior Instructor and recognized as APD’s Supervisor of the Year in 1998.