Major|School Detectives Section
Major Keith Meadows joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1986 and has served several different capacities during his 28-year career.
Today, Major Meadows serves as the Commander of the School Detective Section which oversees police services for the Atlanta Public Schools System. The Atlanta School District manages more than 80 schools with a total enrollment that exceeds 49,000 students. In 2013, the School Detective Section was created and Major Meadows oversaw the implementation of the new section and initiated a number of programs aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency. Major Meadows enjoys his current role and believes that creating viable options for Atlanta’s youth will translate into a better quality of life for all citizens of Atlanta.
In 2012, Major Meadows was assigned as the Precinct Commander for Zone Six, which serves several neighborhoods including Virginia Highland, Grant Park, East Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, Candler Park and Lake Claire. As the Zone Six Commander, he led several community crime prevention programs and elevated community participation in the area. He oversaw the law enforcement efforts surrounding the “Year of Boulevard Initiative”, negotiated and supervised the implementation of the Boulevard Precinct in the Atlanta Medical Center and assisted with the formation of the “Master Plan Initiative” for the Candler Park Community.
In 2010, Meadows was appointed to the rank of Major by Chief George N. Turner and assigned to the Major Crimes Section. As the Commander of Major Crimes, Major Meadows led the several units including Homicide, Special Victims, Commercial Robbery, Fugitive, School Detectives, Auto Theft and Major Fraud. While serving in this capacity, Major Meadows developed the Complex Case Squad which investigated violent crime trends occurring throughout the city. He also created the Atlanta Police Intelligence Nexus (A.P.I.N) which allows homicide detectives to build, library, archive and index all homicide investigation in a digital format. The A.P.I.N platform was also designed to enhance communication between the Department and other segments of the law enforcement community. As the Commander of Major Crimes, Major Meadows received recognition for superior supervisory skills during a tactical homicide canvas and the Department was selected as a finalist for the Motorola Award at the 2011 Chief’s Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
During his tenure with the Atlanta Police Department, Major Meadows has served on several boards and received numerous awards and certificates. Major Meadows currently serves on the boards of the Eastern Armed Robbery Conference, Atlanta Victim Assistance Association and Drew Charter School. He has received citations from the Henry F. Williams Homicide Conference, the International Homicide Conference, the Southeast Regional Homicide Conference, and the Metro-Dade Homicide Conference. He also received the “Heart to Heart Award” for his work with Atlanta’s crime victims.
Major Meadows is married to Crime Analyst Tanya Meadows and they are the proud parents of four sons; William, Marcus, Adrian and Branden. He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University.