Major Charles R. Hampton Jr., originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience, including six years with the Milwaukee Police Department. He joined the Atlanta Police Department (APD) in 2001 and was the valedictorian of Class 175 at the APD Academy.
Out of the academy, he was assigned to Zone 5 and worked in the Underground Atlanta area. He was later a team leader in the Field Inspection Section where policies and procedures were audited. While at the Field Inspection Section, the department obtained its 1st CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation.
Hampton was promoted to Investigator in 2006 and assigned to the Special Victims Unit where he investigated sexual offenses committed against children. He was assigned to Zone 6 in 2008 and promoted to Sergeant on the overnight shift and remained there until he was assigned back to the Special Victims Unit until 2013.
In 2013, Hampton was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Zone 4 where he commanded the evening watch shift as well as the zone’s Criminal Investigations. He remained in Zone 4 until he was selected to become the Homicide Commander in 2014. While commander of the unit, clear-up rates for cases increased, including many cold case investigations. The unit was featured on A&E’s reality TV program – the First 48. This show depicted the dedication of the men and women assigned to the prestigious “Hat Squad,” APD Detectives who wear fedoras to commemorate solving their first murder investigation.
In March 2017, he was appointed to Captain and assigned to Zone 5 as the Assistant Zone Commander, where he helped manage the day to day operations of 170 sworn personnel. In August 2017, Hampton was appointed Major and assigned to Zone 1 as the Commander.
Major Hampton graduated from Marquette University with a BA in Criminology while finishing the Milwaukee Police Academy. He is married with two beautiful daughters and currently resides in the City of Atlanta. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police and Command (#399) as well as the Atlanta Police Leadership Institute (Tier 4). He is also a POST certified Instructor.