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Atlanta Police Department

Policy Manual










Special Order



Effective Date

January 2, 2006



Written Directive Update
January 2006


Applicable To: All employees

Approval Authority:  Chief Richard J. Pennington

Signature:  Signed by RJP

Date Signed:  12/16/2005


  Table of Content    

1.        PURPOSE  PAGEREF _Toc122339419 \h 1

2.        POLICY   PAGEREF _Toc122339420 \h 1

3.        RESPONSIBILITIES  PAGEREF _Toc122339421 \h 1

4.        ACTION  PAGEREF _Toc122339422 \h 1

4.1      New Directives  PAGEREF _Toc122339423 \h 1

4.1.1    APD.SOP.4011 Use of Tire Deflation Devices  PAGEREF _Toc122339424 \h 1

4.1.2    APD.SOP.5060 Fugitive Operations  PAGEREF _Toc122339425 \h 2

4.1.3    APD.SOP.5220 Fraud Investigations  PAGEREF _Toc122339426 \h 2

4.2      Updated Directives  PAGEREF _Toc122339427 \h 2
4.2.1    APD.SOP.1010 Mission and Organization of the Dept. PAGEREF _Toc122339428 \h 2



4.2.2    APD.SOP.1070 Coordination with Outside Agencies  PAGEREF _Toc122339429 \h 2

4.2.3    APD.SOP.2022 Early Warning System   PAGEREF _Toc122339430 \h 2

4.2.4    APD.SOP.2080 Training  PAGEREF _Toc122339431 \h 3

4.2.5    APD.SOP.5010 Criminal Investigation Division  PAGEREF _Toc122339432 \h 3

4.2.6    APD.SOP.5080 Financial Investigations Unit PAGEREF _Toc122339433 \h 3

4.2.7    APD.SOP.6010 Communications  PAGEREF _Toc122339434 \h 4

4.2.8    APD.SOP.6055 Computer Access Codes.doc  PAGEREF _Toc122339435 \h 4

5.        DEFINITIONS  PAGEREF _Toc122339436 \h 4

6.        CANCELLATIONS  PAGEREF _Toc122339437 \h 4

7.        REFERENCES  PAGEREF _Toc122339438 \h 4


1.               PURPOSE


This order summarizes revisions to existing directives. The full text to all current directives can be found on the Horizon intranet site at “http://horizon”. 


2.               POLICY


The Atlanta Police Department will keep its written directives up to date and promptly notify affected employees.


3.               RESPONSIBILITIES


                  Bureau, division, and section commanders will implement these changes in their commands, making sure that affected employees are notified.


4.               ACTION


4.1              New Directives


4.1.1           APD.SOP.4011 Use of Tire Deflation Devices


1.    To establish guidelines in the use of Tire Deflation Devices when terminating or preventing the movement of a vehicle.


4.1.2           APD.SOP.5060 Fugitive Operations


1.    The Fugitive Unit will investigate Department arrest warrant packages and apprehend those fugitives promptly and safely.  The Fugitive Unit will assist other agencies in executing their warrants within the City of Atlanta.  The Fugitive Unit will travel to, pick up, and transport back to Atlanta any person wanted for a felony by the Department located within the State of Georgia.


4.1.3           APD.SOP.5220 Fraud Investigations


1.    Details the investigation of reported crimes involving credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, computer fraud, forgery, flim flam, embezzlement, identity theft or any other fraud case that occurs within the City of Atlanta.    


4.2              Updated Directives


4.2.1           APD.SOP.1010 Mission and Organization of the Dept.


1.    Section 4.4.2 creates the Human Resources Section which consists of the Training Unit, Personnel Services and the Recruitment Unit.

2.    Section 4.5.3, paragraph 3 (e) creates the Human Trafficking Unit which is responsible for identifying and monitoring the transportation of persons for forced labor, sexual exploitation or other illicit activities.


3.    Organizational charts were updated to reflect the current organization; new zone maps were also included.

4.2.2           APD.SOP.1070 Coordination with Outside Agencies


1.    Section 3.2.3 requires the FOD and CID commanders to meet with the Juvenile Court.


4.2.3           APD.SOP.2022 Early Warning System


1.    Section 4.1.2, paragraph 1 was revised to reflect (three) citizen complaints rather than (four).  Paragraph 3, “Unauthorized use of force allegations,” was revised.  Paragraph 5 was revised to reflect (two) or more firearm discharges within a twelve month period.  Paragraph 7 is new.


2.    Section 4.1.3, paragraph 1 was revised to reflect two or more chargeable accidents while operating a vehicle owned, leased or used by the City within a six-month period.


4.2.4           APD.SOP.2080 Training


1.    Section 4.10.10 Training Reimbursement Agreement was added to allow for the reimbursement of expenses paid by the Department for training, in excess of $1,000, if an employee voluntarily or involuntarily is separated from the Department within a three year period of receiving the training.


2.    If the employee signs and accepts the acknowledgement of reimbursement on the Outside Training Form APD-801, he/she agrees to work for the Atlanta Police Department for a three-year period following completion of any training that costs in excess of $1,000.00. 


3.    Conditions of repayment after receiving training:


a.    The employee agrees that, if he/she resigns, retires or is involuntarily separated from the employment of the Atlanta Police Department before the completion of the three year period set out in form APD-801, then he or she will repay the City as follows:



Repayment Amount

Leaves prior to one year after the agreement


100 %

Leaves after the first year but prior to the end of the second year of the agreement


50 %

Leaves after the second year but prior to the end of the third year of the agreement


25 %


b.    The training reimbursement will be applicable to the total expenditures that were disbursed based on the Schedule F2. 

4.    Form APD-801 (acknowledgement of reimbursement on the Outside Training)

a.    APPLICANT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:  I do hereby acknowledge and agree to maintain employment with the City of Atlanta for a period of not less that three (3) years following completion of any training costing in excess of $1,000.00.  If I resign, retire or involuntarily separate from the employment of the Atlanta Police Department, I must reimburse the City for the entire cost of the training if such separations occurs within one year, reimburse 50% of the cost if such separation occurs between the 1st and 2nd years, or reimburse 25% of the cost if separation occurs between the 2nd and 3rd year after course completion.  I do hereby authorize the City of Atlanta to deduct from my salary, any training costs if the length of service requirement is not met.


4.2.5           APD.SOP.5010 Criminal Investigation Division


1.    Section 4.8.6 Search and Arrest Warrants was edited to delete duplicate information that is contained in the new Fugitive Unit Operations directive (APD.SOP.5060 Fugitive Unit Operations).


4.2.6           APD.SOP.5080 Financial Investigations Unit


1.    The Atlanta Police Department will seize criminal assets by maximizing the use of the forfeiture provisions in accordance with federal, state and municipal laws (e.g., bank accounts, real estate, investment holdings etc.).


4.2.7           APD.SOP.6010 Communications


1.    Section 4.24.3 was edited as follows: The new off-duty radio number will be permanently attached to the officer, despite their assignments, transfers, or any other issue that may have previously caused an off-duty radio number to change.


2.    Section 4.24.3 was edited as follows: The Police Communications Dispatcher, when an off-duty unit pulls out of service, will use the new off-duty radio number as the assignment number when entering into the CADS system. The purpose of this is to immediately have available to them, the unit’s 4-digit identification number so that they may be able to positively identify the unit, by measures already in place, if necessary. If the off-duty unit is pulling out by radio to work an extra job, the unit is no longer required to specifically provide the 4-digit identification number. 


4.2.8           APD.SOP.6055 Computer Access Codes.doc

1.    Section 4.8 was edited to change the responsible party for the UNI Search report viewing software access codes from Computer Services to Central Records Unit.


5.               DEFINITIONS




6.               CANCELLATIONS




7.               REFERENCES