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Atlanta Police Department

Policy Manual










Special Order



Effective Date

April 1, 2006



Written Directive Update
April 2006


Applicable To: All employees

Approval Authority:  Chief Richard J. Pennington

Signature:  Signed by RJP

Date Signed:  3/28/06


  Table of Content    

1.        PURPOSE  PAGEREF _Toc130784579 \h 1

2.        POLICY   PAGEREF _Toc130784580 \h 1

3.        RESPONSIBILITIES  PAGEREF _Toc130784581 \h 1

4.        ACTION  PAGEREF _Toc130784582 \h 1

4.1      New Directives  PAGEREF _Toc130784583 \h 1

4.1.1    APD.SOP.2071 Filling Full-time Civilian Vacancies  PAGEREF _Toc130784584 \h 1

4.1.2    APD.SOP.6160 Drug Testing and Destruction  PAGEREF _Toc130784585 \h 2

4.1.3    APD.SO.06.02 Crisis Intervention Team   PAGEREF _Toc130784586 \h 2

4.2      Updated Directives  PAGEREF _Toc130784587 \h 2


4.2.1    APD.SOP.1010 Mission and Organization of the Dept. PAGEREF _Toc130784588 \h 2

4.2.2    APD.SOP.2020 Disciplinary Process  PAGEREF _Toc130784589 \h 2

4.2.3    APD.SOP.2140 Employee Benefits  PAGEREF _Toc130784590 \h 2

4.2.4    APD.SOP.3030 Arrest Procedures  PAGEREF _Toc130784591 \h 2

4.2.5    APD.SOP.3110 GCIC and NCIC Information  PAGEREF _Toc130784592 \h 2

4.2.6    APD.SOP.5120 Narcotics Enforcement (CONFIDENTIAL) PAGEREF _Toc130784593 \h 3

5.        DEFINITIONS  PAGEREF _Toc130784594 \h 3

6.        CANCELLATIONS  PAGEREF _Toc130784595 \h 3

7.        REFERENCES  PAGEREF _Toc130784596 \h 3


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.2071 Filling Full-time Civilian Vacancies


1.    The Atlanta Police Department is committed to placing the best qualified applicant in each position. The Department will fill full-time civilian vacancies in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the City of Atlanta Civil Service Code, and Department written directives.


4.1.2           APD.SOP.6160 Drug Testing and Destruction


1.       APD.SOP.6160 Drug Testing and Destruction, moves the responsibility for the testing and later destruction of drug evidence from the Narcotics Unit to the Information Services Section.


2.       APD.SOP.5120 Narcotics Unit sections 4.9 and 4.10 are cancelled as a result.


4.1.3           APD.SO.06.02 Crisis Intervention Team


1.    The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a multi-agency collaboration of police and other professionals within the community committed to assisting people who have mental illness and other brain disorders.  The Atlanta Police Department’s CIT participants are officers who have received specialized training to respond to crisis events involving mentally ill persons. 


4.2              Updated Directives


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


1.    Section 4.4.3 established the Training Academy as a new Section within the Support Services Division. 


2.    Section 4.4.4 paragraph 3 establishes the Crime Laboratory as a new unit of the Information Services Section within the Support Services Division.


4.2.2           APD.SOP.2020 Disciplinary Process


1.    Section 4.7.2 (Notice of Proposed Adverse Action) subsection (2)(d) sets forth that the date and time of the Employee Response Session should be at least 5 working days after the date the Notice of Proposed Adverse Action was issued to the employee.  This is in conflict with the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances section 114-530(c)(2)(a), which sets forth that The employee shall respond to the adverse action verbally or in writing within five working days from the date of receipt of the notice of the proposed adverse action. 


4.2.3           APD.SOP.2140 Employee Benefits


1.    Employees are eligible to receive up to $500 for each person they refer for employment as a police officer with the Department, subject to funds being available through the Atlanta Police Foundation


4.2.4           APD.SOP.3030 Arrest Procedures


1.    Section 4.15.2 of this policy has been revised to allow employees to use ankle restraints in addition to wrist restraints.


4.2.5           APD.SOP.3110 GCIC and NCIC Information


1.    This directive was changed by the Communication Section as a result of an audit performed by GCIC.


4.2.6           APD.SOP.5120 Narcotics Enforcement (CONFIDENTIAL)


1.    Section 4.9 and 4.10 were replaced by APD.SOP.6160 Drug Testing and Destruction


5.               DEFINITIONS




6.               CANCELLATIONS




7.               REFERENCES