About Office of the Chief

Chief George N. Turner became a member of the Atlanta Police Department on July 24, 1981. Since that time he has worked his way through the ranks and is now assigned as the Chief of Police.

During his tenure as Deputy Chief of the Service and Support Division his primary responsibilities included managing the day-to-day operations of the administrative resources: Information Services, Computer Services, Training Academy, Human Resources, Corporate Services and the $164 million budget, and Communications/911. Prior to this assignment as a Major, he commanded the Human Resources Section with the responsibility to oversee 2200 employees and the Background & Recruitment Unit which was successful in hiring record number (204) officers during the year of 2006 and 251 in 2007. Prior to this assignment he commanded the Zone One precinct, which is the Northwest section of Atlanta, one of the more challenging and difficult precincts in the city. During his two-year command of the Zone One Precinct he was responsible for 17% reduction in overall crime.

Chief Turner's career has been diversified and filled with accomplishments. He has worked in all areas of the department to include the uniform division and investigations. He has extensive experience in the area of dignitary and executive protection; having participated and/ or managed well over a hundred events in the City of Atlanta, the United States and abroad. Chief Turner served on Ambassador Andrew J. Young's Executive Protection Team during his tenure as Mayor of the city of Atlanta and as the Dignitary and Security Chief during his Governor of Georgia Campaign.

Chief Turner has received numerous commendations and awards from the Secret Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his work on protective details with the various Presidents, other high-level officials and heads of state. He has also worked closely with the State of Georgia and other local law enforcement on a wide array of special assignments and details.

Chief Turner was educated in the Atlanta Public Schools and attended Clark Atlanta University and holds a Bachelors of Art degree from Saint Leo University in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbus State University. He completed the United States Secret Service Academy, Small Detail Training, Police Executive Research Forum (Senior Management Institute) and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Command College. He is married to Cathy Turner and they are the proud parents of four adult children, three sons and a daughter.

Chief Turner is very involved in his community and serves on the boards of the Atlanta Police Athletic League and the Georgia METROPOL and a member of the following organizations: International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, (NOBLE), Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum and a 2003 selected member of the Clark Atlanta University Athletic Hall of Fame.

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